What is Lent?

Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name “Lent” is from the Middle English “Lencten,” meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the “forty days,” “quadragesima” in Latin or “tessaracoste” in Greek. The number “forty” is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus’ fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days’ fast per week of six weeks (Sundays were excluded).

During Lent, we are clearly conscious of the need to turn our minds towards those realities which really count. Realities which require Gospel commitment and integrity of life which are translated into good works and solidarity with the poor and needy.

We can take this time to go to confession, and communion… even if we’ve been a little absent from the Church.

The doors are open …

Join us Monday Nights for Prayer and Confessions with the Blessed Sacrament

Starting on March 7th –

Join us on Monday evenings at 7pm for Stations of the Cross.

Benediction at 9pm.

There will be a priest available for confession.

Book Series for Lent : From Christendom to Apostolic Mission – Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age

We are starting a new book during Lent. We Encourage you to buy below on amazon. We will be posting the discussion questions on our bulletin as well as on here.

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Tune out – Turn off the television and spend quality time talking with family members or friends.

Clean out closets – Donate gently used items to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Donate – Pick a Catholic mission and decide how you can help by sending money, clothing or supplies.

Make Lent More Meaningful

Take a little time every day to make this Lent meaningful!

Slow Down – Set aside 10 minutes a day for silent prayer or meditation. It will revitalize your body and your spirit.

Read a good book – You could choose the life of a saint, a spiritual how-to, an inspirational book or one of the pope’s new books.

Be kind – Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else every day.

Get involved – Attend a Lenten lecture or spiritual program.

Volunteer at your parish – Whether it’s the parish fish fry, cleaning the church or helping with the food drive, it will give you a chance to help others.

Reach out – Invite an inactive Catholic to come with you to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, or come to Stations of the Cross, Confession or Mass with you anytime during Lent.

Pray – Especially for people you don’t like and for people who don’t like you.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

https://www.crsricebowl.org/

Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all.

Cada Cuaresma, las familias católicas de todo el país se unen para poner su fe en acción a través de la oración, el ayuno y la limosna. A través de Plato de Arroz de CRS, las familias aprenden cómo nuestros hermanos en todo el mundo superan dificultades como el hambre y la desnutrición, y cómo gracias a nuestras limosnas de Cuaresma, tenemos el poder de hacer del mundo un lugar mejor para todos.

Christ in the City

Addressing poverty at its core

At Christ in the City, our vision is to create a culture of encounter, where each person is seen, known, and loved. The following video breaks down our approach and highlights simple ways you can join us from wherever you are!

Learn more from Christ in the City website.