Lent has begun! This is an important penitential season where we “step up our game” with 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for the great celebration of Easter. Hopefully all of us have a plan for how we’re going to make this a meaningful season of prayerful preparation, but if you haven’t got your plan together yet, it’s not too late! Here are some things we’ll have going on at the parish to help you in your observance of this season.
- We’ll offer Massat 5:30pm every Monday through Friday during Lent.
- There will be many opportunities for confessionduring Lent
¨ Confessions will be offered at 6pm every Wednesday during Lent, in addition to our normal Saturday morning 9am confession time.
¨ We’ll be participating in the diocese’s The Light Is On for You campaign, offering confessions from 6-8pm on Tuesday, March 9th.
¨ Additional confession opportunities will be offered during Holy Week, and we’ll publicize those times when the dates get a little closer.
- Our Parish Mission will take place on March 21stthrough the 23rd, at 7pm each night in the church. We’ve got a terrific lineup of speakers: on Sunday we’ll have Fr. Tom Jones, former Pastor of Christ the King; on Monday we’ll have Megan Urbaniak, our former Director of Adult Faith Formation; and on Tuesday we’ll have Br. Matt Rehagen, who assists in our school (and the brother of our former Parochial Vicar, Fr. Chris Rehagen). Each night will also be live streamed, so mark your calendars!
- This year’s Fish Frywill be a drive-thru event, with the proceeds going to our sister parish, Corpus Christi in Jalchatra, Bangladesh.
- We’ll have a special (free!) Lenten Zoom Bible Study. Contact Fr. Gil for registration or additional information: email@example.com.
- We also have prayer resources available in the vestibule to help you with your own personal Lenten prayer commitments.
In many ways, the COVID pandemic seems to be tailor-made for Lent! I hope that all of us take advantage of this opportunity to make an extra commitment to our practice of the faith for these next 40 days so that we may rejoice fully in the Resurrection of Our Lord when Easter arrives.