Lent begins February 26th

People often don’t look forward to Lent. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth. Imagine for a minute that this Lent is going to be different than any other Lent. Imagine that God wants to transform our lives and that something wonderful is about to happen! With an openness to God’s grace and a desire to receive it, Lent will no longer feel like a burden, but rather a blessing. Below are some ideas and resources to open your heart and bring you closer to God this Lenten season.

Read more at Loyola Press  – Lent Through the Lens of Grace

Lent Frequently Asked Questions by Joe Paprocki

Worship and Formation

Please note that all parish group activities are suspended until further notice due to the Covid-19 health crisis but scroll below to find many resources for personal prayer during Lent.

Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter Sunday and one of the most widely observed holy days on the liturgical calendar.

Click here for more on Ash Wednesday.

Click here to watch What is Ash Wednesday?

At our parish mission Dcn. Keith Strohm talked about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus and how to become a disciple of His. Listen to both nights below.

Stations of the Cross is a devotion that offers witness to Jesus’ Passion and Death. Use all senses to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and on Christ’s great love for us. Offered each Friday at 6pm.

New this year! Fr. Jerry and Fr. Don will be offering the Sacrament of Confession every Friday during Lent after the Stations of the Cross.
Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent:
Fridays at 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 – 4:40 p.m.
or b
y appointment

Would you like to feel closer to God? Have you been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation for a long time and you are not sure how to come back?  God longs for you and wants you to experience His immense love and mercy. Learn more about the beauty of the encounter with God. Printable flyer.

Participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter the needs of the world. Read the CRS Letter of Invitation. Rice bowls available in the narthex and will be collected after Easter.

Community Events

Join fellow parishioners for fellowship and community on night one of the mission. Pizza, pasta, veggies and beverages to be served in the narthex following the presentation on Sunday. RSVP is requested to plan for the Pizza Party. Click here to RSVP.

Help support our brothers and sisters in need! Please be as generous as you can for our Food Collection that will benefit our sharing parish, Most Blessed Trinity in Waukegan. Collections will take place on the weekends March 14/15, 21/22, and 28/29.

All parish children ages 10 and younger are invited to the Youth Ministry Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday, April 20th at 9:45 a.m. following the blessing of baskets.

Lenten Resources

Use the links below for resources available online to enrich your season of Lent. There are also printed resources available at the kiosk in the parish narthex.

Living Lent Daily Reflections

This e-mail series delivers daily reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent, to prepare your heart for a new journey to Easter. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers. Click here to receive the daily e-mails.

Lent in 3 Minutes with Busted Halo

What is Lent all about? Why do Christians receive ashes on Ash Wednesday? Why 40 days? Busted Halo explains the significance of this season of prayer, fasting, and giving, and how you can make the most of this time of repentance and renewal. Watch the Busted Halo video Lent in 3 Minutes

7 Ways to Practice Lent

Return to God this Lent with your whole heart, and you will find him gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in kindness. 7 Ways to Practice Lent explores seven Lenten practices and offers background on each tradition and coordinating activities. Download free eBook.

Lenten Reflection Guide 2020

This guide focuses on the concept of “ecological conversion,” emphasized by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’. It offers reflections, prayers, and questions for each week of Lent and featuring the experiences of Maryknoll Missioners.

Your Guide to a Catholic Lent

Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. Take a look at these ideas from Our Sunday Visitor for a more spiritual Lenten season.

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure

Join a flexible experience of daily prayer and reflection. Choose to commit to a regular period of prayer each day, or start with only one day a week. Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Ignatian adventure.

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