Lent begins February 14th

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.

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

Scroll below for many helpful resources available to enrich your Lenten season!

Liturgy Times and Sacrament Opportunites

Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter Sunday and one of the most widely observed holy days on the liturgical calendar. Read more about Ash Wednesday
Click here to watch What is Ash Wednesday?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Saturdays from 4:00 – 4:40 and always by appointment by calling the parish office. Please note there are no confessions during Holy Week.

A communal reconciliation service will be offered this year on Tuesday, March 19th.

Offered each Friday at 5:30 pm in the main church.  Virtual stations are also available using the links below.

Click for recorded Stations with Fr. Don Cambe.
Stations of the Cross booklet

Find a New Way to Live and Love Lent!

Presention with Fr. Britto Berchmans

Jesus asks us to take up our own cross and folllow Him. How do we encounter the Crosses that come our way? On Wednesday, March 6th, Fr. Britto Berchmans will join St. Mary for a one night Lenten presentation titled, “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!”  No registration is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Click here for a printable flyer.

Chosen Watch Sessions

Throughout Lent, watch and discuss the popular adaption of the Gospels. See the stories of Jesus’ ministry come to life and provoke thought and discussion. Sessions take place on Monday evenings, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish meeting rooms through March 18th. All are welcome!  Click here for a printable flyer.

Exodus & Exile with John Bergsma

Challenge yourself with Scott Hahn and John Bergsma as they lead us out of exile and on the journey home. Listen, read and reflect on one chapter of Exodus each day, then complete his daily challenge. Series begins on Ash Wednesday. Click here to sign up and gain all access to the content for free during Lent.

Preparing for Lent

In this video, Fr. Mike explains how prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three pillars of a spiritually fruitful Lent. He then challenges us to try new ways to exercise these Lenten practices, sharing several simple strategies for drawing closer to God during this holy season. Click the video link above to watch Fr. Mike.

Lenten Resource Guide from Maryknoll

Traditionally, Lent symbolizes renewal and growth, but it is also a catalyst for profound change. To accompany you on the journey, Maryknoll offers weekly Reflection Guides beginning on Ash Wednesday and then every Sunday during Lent. Click here to download the weekly Reflection Guides.

Praying Lent

Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do. Creighton University offers a variety of helpful resources to help our Lenten journey. Find articles, reflections, audio retreats and more. Click here to visit the Praying Lent website.

25 Great Things!

Like exercise we do for our physical health — Lenten preparation is meant to improve our spiritual well-being by stripping away all that is unnecessary and becoming more mindful of how God is working in our lives. Challenge yourself this year, and go beyond the usual practice of “giving up” something. Click here for 25 Great Things You Can Do for Lent.

My Daily Visitor

Reflect, pray, and live this Lenten season with My Daily Visitor. This handy resource helps you to begin each day with quick and easy Scripture-focused reflection, prayer, and achievable actions to make the most of Lent.

Click here to sign up for daily reflections.

The Prodigal Father

Are you ready to grow in your prayer life? To experience God like never before? This FREE program, featuring 40 Days of Prayer for Lent with Fr. Michael Denk will personally guide you each step of the way. , Advent or anytime in-between will help you to grow your personal relationship with God. Click here to sign up.

Almsgiving with CRS

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

Resources at St. Mary

Prayerfully journey through Lent with meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings. The insightful meditations of Not by Bread Alone can deepen your experience of this season of prayer. Find this booklet and many other Lenten resources offered at the Lent table in the parish narthex.

Lenten Lunch on Zoom

Nourish your body and spirit during Lent. Every Wednesday, starting Ash Wednesday at 12-12:30 (EDT) join Maryknoll for a 30 minute spiritual journey to reflect and share on the readings for that coming Sunday. Click here to learn more about this FREE weekly Zoom gathering.

40 Songs for 40 Days

40 Songs for 40 Days is a beautiful Lenten playlist created by Steubenville Conferences. It’s an amazing list of 40 contemporary songs to help guide your prayer time this Lent. There is a direct link to Spotify so the work is done for you! Click here to access on Spotify.

Hallow App Complete Guide

There is no better time to reconnect with or deepen one’s faith than Lent. Hallow–the #1 Catholic prayer app–breaks down everything you need to know about Lent–including the best prayer resources you’ll find anywhere. Click here for more on The Complete Guide to the Catholic Season of Lent from Hallow.

Consecrate Yourself to God

Each day of BEST LENT EVER, you’ll receive a short, video from Matthew Kelly full of profound spiritual insight and practical ways to dedicate yourself to God. With three simple daily steps, you can prepare your heart, mind, and soul for this powerful surrender. Click here to sign up for Best Lent Ever.

Lent in 3 Minutes

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

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.

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.