What is Lent?
Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. Signifying the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert after His baptism, it is a penitential season marked by prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Prayer, strengthens our relationship with God. Fasting puts the focus on what is truly needed for our Christian discipleship and what distracts from it. Almsgiving helps us practice charity to become more aware of the needs of others. These three pillars of Lent help to prepare our hearts to recognize and receive anew the great graces made available to us through the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Lent is not necessarily about “giving something up” for 40 days only to return to it on day 41 or afterward, but is a period of ongoing conversion so that we may draw closer to Jesus. When we repent for our sins and then make a permanent — rather than temporary — change in our lifestyle, a spiritual transformation can take place. At the heart of repentance lies the call to conversion. “Repent and believe in the Gospel!”
What Must I Do?
All healthy Catholics from age 18-59 are required to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to abstain from meat all other Fridays during Lent. All youth ages 14-17 are also required to abstain from meat on those days. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
Why do we do it?
Lent presents us with an opportunity to lay aside the distractions of this world in order to concentrate on our relationship with God.
Join us this Lent as we grow in faith!
Thursday Evening Adoration and Confession
You are invited to gather for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions on Thursday evenings in Lent: Through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, the Church offers followers of Christ an opportunity to share in God’s merciful love and be renewed in the community of the Church. Following the cross can often be difficult, but the guarantee of the cross is that sin and evil will be overcome. Acknowledging sin is a step forward in the Christian life. Whenever we turn to God in sorrow, God always meets us with forgiveness and healing. We invite you to participate in this Sacrament and experience God’s Mercy. If it’s been a while and you need to refresh yourself on the sacrament go here. Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance begin at 6:00 pm.
Friday Evening Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. This time of prayer and reflection will allow you to walk with Jesus to Calvary. Join us every Lenten Friday at 5:30 pm in the Church as we reflect on the Passion of Our Lord.
Sunday Solemn Vespers
Every Sunday during Lent at 5:00 PM we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and celebrate Solemn Vespers (sung Evening Prayer). Learn more about Solemn Vespers by clicking here. Vespers gives thanks for the day just past and makes an evening sacrifice of praise to God.
Participate in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
Saturdays: 3:30pm – 4:15pm
All Thursdays of Lent: 6:00pm-7:00pm
You may also call the parish office for an appointment.
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