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This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  (It’s a day of fasting and abstinence, so I’d recommend moving your Valentine’s Day dinner to another night of the week!)  If Lent seems to have crept up on us quickly this year, perhaps it’s because Easter is a few weeks earlier this year than last year.  But whether or not you feel ready for Lent, there’s still time to get your game plan together!  In addition to the works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that you’ll practice individually and with family or friends, there are lots of ways to enter more deeply into the season here at Christ the King with your parish family:

 

  • Extra weekday Masses will be offered every Monday through Friday during Lent at 5:30pm, especially for those who work during the day and aren’t often able to make it to daily Mass.
  • Extra confession times: In addition to our normal Saturday morning confessions, we’ll offer the sacrament many additional times:
    • Every Wednesday at 6:00pm, beginning February 21st.
    •  Our Parish Penance Service will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 22nd.
    •  We’ll participate in the diocese’s “The Light Is On for You” program, offering confessions on Wednesday, February 28th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
    •  Additional confession times will be published in the bulletin throughout the season.
  • Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday during Lent at 12:00pm and 7:00pm. The 7:00pm Stations will be preceded by our Lenten Soup Suppers every Friday at 6:00pm in the church basement.
  • Lenten reflection materials are available in the vestibule to aid you in your personal Lenten prayer.
  • Our Volunteer Retreat will take place on Saturday February 17th, beginning at 9:30am, for all of you who volunteer in parish ministries.

 

I encourage all of you to share your Lenten commitments with family and friends (accountability always helps) and to put them on your calendar or planner (scheduling always seems to help, too).  With a little planning, this Lent can truly be a grace-filled time in which we really grow deeper in our relationship with Christ as we prepare for the celebration of His Resurrection at Easter.