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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.

2024 Intense Youth Conference

What is the INTENSE CONFERENCE all about?

An Amazing Eucharistic-Centered Weekend for Youth to Discover, Encounter & Live the Life Jesus Desires for Them

EVENT DETAILS

To Register, click here.

Coming in May…

  • Diocese of Peoria Registration & Liability Forms
  • Diocese of Peoria Code of Conduct Form
  • Packing List
  • Departure Information

Get to Know the Speakers:

Justin Fatica

No matter who you are, Justin Fatica is on a mission to let the world know that every person is amazing. Justin delivers a hopeful and dynamic message that challenges people to take their struggles and turn them into joy. Justin Fatica is a dynamic and passionate speaker with a powerful message. He invites people to share their struggles and helps suffering people to realize that they are amazing and worthy of love. Justin Fatica’s unique style will inspire you to take responsibility for getting what you want out of life. His techniques for encouraging people to take risks and share experiences are perfect for fighting the polarization that plagues organizations around the world.

E-Knock

Fawaz Yasi, whose stage name is “E-Knock,” is a traditional Catholic rapper. He released his first album, Traditionis, in March of 2022. Yasi, a Syriac Christian from Northern Iraq, emigrated to the US with his family at the age of five. Yasi shares his love for homesteading (listen for the rooster), the Church, youth ministry and, of course, rap music.

Emily Crankfield

Emily Crankfield is from Denver, Colorado, graduated from Benedictine College and had been a Culture Project missionary. She now spends her time working part-time for the online store West Coast Catholic, chasing her baby boy Jordan around, & using her instagram account @emily.marie.crankfield to share the joy of the Catholic faith with other young people. She loves sharing the Gospel alongside her husband Nathan Crankfield.

Fr. Eric Bolek

Fr. Bolek was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Peoria in 2015. Fr. Bolek served his first 3 years at a parish in Peoria where he ran their Youth Ministry Program. Since then he has worked with youth all around his diocese including 5 years as the Chaplain for the Diocese of Peoria youth ministry retreat Abide in Me—a Eucharistic centered retreat much like Intense. Fr. Bolek currently serves a parish in Germantown Hills, IL, St. Mary of Lourdes.

Fr. Jonathan Meyer

Father Jonathan Paul Meyer was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 2003. After his ordination, he served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for five years. He has served at several parishes and currently serves as the pastor of the four parishes in Dearborn County IN.   
He maintains a presence on the internet with weekly homilies and other teachings. He has written and published two children’s plays and wrote a chapter for Dynamic Catholic’s book, Beautiful Hope.   
Fr. Meyer has also been engaged in coaching Track and Cross Country since 2009; coaching at public schools; at Jennings County High School for 4 years and most currently at East Central High School.