Lent begins February 17th
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
2021 Lenten Reflection Series
As we begin this second Lenten season separated from one another, the parish staff at St. Mary has prepared a series of reflections to help connect us as a community of faith this season of renewal. Beginning Ash Wednesday, weekly reflections will be sent to the parish email list, posted on social media and are available using the links below. We pray this is a blessed Lenten season for you!
Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter Sunday and one of the most widely observed holy days on the liturgical calendar. St. Mary will offer in person services observing the current state guidelines. Click here to watch What is Ash Wednesday?
Fr. Jerry and Fr. Don will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays from 4:00 – 4:40, in meeting room 1. Waiting area for Reconciliation is in the parish narthex. Someone from the parish reopening team will be there to greet you and provide details.
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 5:30 in the main church. Click here to view the recorded Stations with Fr. Don Cambe.
Join Kevin Pease, Director of the Chicago Catholic Scripture School at Loyola University, for this virtual study. Encounter both the challenge and call of the cross and the blessings that flow from it. Discover anew what it means to follow Jesus today! Click here for more information
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? Reacquaint yourself with the beauty of this encounter with God. Click the image above to register. Click here to download printable flyer.
Participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter the needs of the world. Rice bowls available in the narthex and will be collected after Easter or Give online this year at CRS.org
Virtual Lenten Resources
Parousia with Scott Hahn
Why return to Mass? Our very lives depend on it. It’s the summit of God’s plan for our salvation. In our latest Journey Through Scripture study, Parousia: The Bible and the Mass, get ready to join host Scott Hahn to uncover how and why all of God’s action, in creation and redemption, is ordered to the Mass. Click here to sign up to watch lessons free.
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.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God. This year, reflections are focused on Matthew Kelly’s new book and really learning how to pray. Click here to sign up for Best Lent Ever.
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
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.