The Holy season of Lent will begin on Wednesday, February 14, (Ash Wednesday). This 40-day time of preparation for the celebration of Easter is marked as a time of penance reflection and prayer. We invite all of our parish members to enter deeply into this special time both in your personal spiritual practices as well as by participating in the opportunities we will be offering throughout the season.
There are three traditions in the spiritual life that Catholics emphasize in Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Charity (Almsgiving)
- Fasting – Traditionally, we fast from certain foods and from meat on the Fridays of Lent. However, we can expand our understanding of this practice by fasting from other things and even from things like anger, selfishness etc. Choose a way that will bring you closer to the Lord and help you on your spiritual journey.
- Charity – The practice of giving to others during Lent is a beautiful practice. Mite boxes, soup suppers and other opportunities to sacrifice for others unites us deeply with Jesus, who sacrificed all for us. Choose a charity or project that expresses your concern for others and offer some help (time, treasure or talent) in support of those in need.
- Prayer – The strengthening of our relationship with God is a central part of Lent. Setting aside a time and place to draw close to the Lord is at the heart of this sacred season. The rosary, bible reading, Divine Mercy devotions, frequent meditation and daily Mass are some of the common practices that can make Lent a fruitful time for us. Resurrection Parish offers the following opportunities to help you have a prayer-filled Lent:
Daily Mass is offered Monday through Saturday at 8:30am.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary is offered after daily Mass each morning. (Led by members of our Parish Rosary Society)
Stations of the Cross are celebrated each Friday morning after the 8:30am Mass. In addition, there will be two special celebrations of Stations of the Cross for the Parish. Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm. These celebrations give those who are unable to attend the Friday morning an opportunity to participate in this beautiful devotion.
Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated at 4:00pm each Saturday afternoon (before the 5PM Mass) and on Reconciliation Monday, March 26 (schedule to be announced) is a day dedicated to the importance of the Sacrament of Penance in the life of the Church. Penance is offered in Churches throughout the metropolitan area to give all of us the opportunity to receive the sacrament in preparation for Easter.
Bible Study will be offered on Tuesday evenings in Lent at 7:00pm in the rectory. Our study will be focused on Lent as a season of Transformation. Presentations by Fr. Mike Gribbon and group discussions provide a positive experience of growth and prayer in this special time.
Spiritual Reading/ Reflection the Lenten reflection book, Not by Bread Alone is available in Church for your Lenten meditation. For those who are more computer friendly, there are several online Lenten programs you my find helpful. Many allow you to sign up and receive daily reflections for each day of Lent. Some are:
Best Lent Ever Dynamic Catholic
Praying Lent 2018 Creighton University
Ignatian Spiriyuality.com Lenten Resources
iLent.org Lenten Resources
Living Lent Daily Loyola Press
Lent-Easter Reflections: Cultivating the Gift of Self (USCCB)
Lenten Gospel Reflections with Bishop Robert Barron
(Google these names and follow signup directions)