The season of Lent is upon us once again. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of our 40(ish) days of preparation for Easter. It’s a time where we’re called to up our game, committing to additional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, so that our souls are as fully prepared as possible to rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord.
As always, Christ the King will offer many different ways to help you out with your prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Here are some things you might consider adding to your Lenten schedule:
- Weekday Masses: Extra weekday Masses will be offered at 5:30pm Monday through Friday throughout Lent
- Confession: In addition to our regular Saturday 9am confessions, confessions will be available:
Every Wednesday at 6pm
On Tuesday March 10th from 6pm to 8pm as part of the “The Light Is On for You” campaign
At the Parish Penance Service on Tuesday March 31st at 7pm
During the Tuesday of Holy Week (April 7th) at 7pm and Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8th) at 6pm
- Stations of the Cross will be celebrated every Friday during Lent at noon and 7pm
- Our annual Fish Fry will take place on Friday March 13th from 4:30pm to 7pm, benefiting our sister parish in Bangladesh
- A special Lenten Bible Study will be offered this year on Tuesday evening beginning March 3rd at 7pm.
- A Taize Prayer Service, which is a beautiful evening of meditative sung prayer, will be offered on Sunday April 5th at 7pm.
- Prayer Materials are available in the vestibule for you to take home for personal use
I also encourage you to talk to each other. Ask people whose faith you admire how they celebrate this season; I know that other parishioners can give you a lot of good ideas. Also, you might consider talking to family members or fellow parishioners to hold yourself accountable for your Lenten promises. But whatever special plans you have for observing this season, I encourage you to plan ahead and write your commitments down, if that helps you to remember them. Our works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving require some effort on our part, but you’ll be amazed how much God blesses that effort and helps it to bear fruit for ourselves, our parish and our world.