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

Lent Frequently Asked Questions by Joe Paprocki

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?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered 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. Please note there are no confessions on Holy Week.

Stations of the Cross is a devotion that uses all senses to prayerfully reflect on Jesus’ Passion and Death and great love for us. Offered each Friday at 5:30 pm in the main church. 7:00 pm on Good Friday
Click for recorded Stations with Fr. Don Cambe.
Stations of the Cross booklet

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

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. Click here for Making the Most of Lent.

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.

Living Lent Daily

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.

Best Lent Ever

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.

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

Maryknoll missioners live and work around the world in impoverished and marginalized communities. In these weekly reflections, missioners share their experiences and insights as they relate to readings for Mass. Click here.

Lenten Podcasts

Join podcasts with Katie Prejean McGrady as she walks with you through Lent, sharing reflections on the Sunday gospel, interviews with Ave Maria Press authors, and inspiring stories of faith. Click image to visit resource at Ave Maria Press.

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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