Lent 2024

We invite you to join us in prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lent through one of our parish program offerings.

We’re looking forward to journeying with you and your family.

Prayer

Scripture Discussion – Monday’s at 1pm
Join us every Monday at 1pm as we read, reflect on and discuss the upcoming Sunday readings. It’s a no pressure group – share when you want and come when you can.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Wednesday’s, 8:30am – 8:30pm
Can you sit with Jesus for an hour?
Every Wednesday throughout the year, parishioners have the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration (unless otherwise announced). It’s your time within Jesus’ presence. Make it your own. Adoration aids are available both online and in the back of church.

Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, commemorate Jesus’s passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections. 

We invite you to walk Jesus’ journey to Calvary this Lent. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5 different times each week of Lent. Those times are:
Tuesday’s at 6:15pm; Friday’s at 8:30am; Saturdays before the 4:30pm Mass; and Sundays before the 8am and 10:30am Masses.

Fasting

Fasting, along with prayer and helping the poor, is one of the three spiritual disciplines of Lent. These work as a three-fold conversion practice as we prepare for the joys of the Easter season. Fasting adds a serious edge to your prayer life. It is a prayer practice that involves denying yourself something in order to increase your spiritual awareness, strengthen a commitment, or petition God for something you or another person really needs. 

Fasting is also about detachment – separating yourself from something that you have become overly attached to. It’s a way of reclaiming your spiritual strength and regaining some balance in your life. Practicing some denial of our wants and needs in small ways can help us grow in self-discipline and the ability to put off momentary comfort for a larger, more important goal. 

Fasting should not be misused to gain praise or sympathy, to manipulate, or to harmfully affect the body. Done correctly, it can be a spiritual practice that can take your prayer to a new and different level!

Catholic Fasting Rules for Ash Wednesday and Lenten Fridays
Catholics age 14 and older do not eat meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday. Instead of meat many Catholics choose to eat fish – which is why many parishes around the country have fish fries on Fridays during Lent. These are a great opportunity for a parish community to come together to pray and fast. 

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics age 18 to 59 also limit the amount of food they eat. Only one full meal, and two smaller meals that together do not equal a full meal, are eaten. The best rule of thumb is to make sure your meals are smaller than what you would eat on a normal day – and to avoid snacks. Exemption is allowed for pregnant women and those who need regular meals for medical reasons.

You may have heard the words “fasting” and “abstinence” used when talking about Lent. “Fasting” is the word used when the amount of food eaten is limited. “Abstinence” is when you completely give something up, like meat, for a set period of time. Both “fasting” and “abstinence” play a role during Lent.

Almsgiving

The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels.  During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.  As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and  “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).  

For many Catholics, the Operation Rice Bowl program through Catholic Relief Services is their go-to almsgiving program. Participants can put together one of the cardstock rice bowls to collect their spare change or a weekly donation in during the season of Lent. At the end of Lent, the Rice Bowls are returned to the parish and the parish then donates all of the money collected to Catholic Relief Services. Catholics also have the ability to donate online throughout the year through Catholic Relief Services website (crs.org).

Rice Bowls will be available in the back of church for anyone who would like one.