Friday Stations of the Cross
March 15 - March 22 - March 20 - April 5
Adoration: 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
Confessions: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross: 7:15 pm
Concluding with Benediction
Lent Dinners: 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
March 15 - March 22 - March 29 - April 5
Passion Play - Living Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm
During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Here, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "raise up," "sacrifice," and "offer" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment. Please see also the weekly two-page reflections for each week. They are a wonderful way to focus on prayer and the Word of God!
Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. The U.S. Bishops' statement, "God's Gift of Forgiveness: The Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" can be found below, as well as a Guide to How to Go to Confession.
- Bishops' Statement on Sacrament of Penance.pdf
- Ash Wednesday Reflection.pdf
- Ash Wed - Lectio Divina.pdf
- 1st Sunday of Lent Reflection.pdf
- 1st Week of Lent - Lectio Divina.pdf
- 2nd Sunday of Lent Reflection.pdf
- 2nd Week of Lent - Lectio Divina.pdf
- 3rd Sunday of Lent Reflection.pdf
- 3rd Week of Lent - Lectio Divina.pdf
- 4th Sunday of Lent Reflection.pdf
- 4th Week of Lent - Lectio Divina.pdf
- 5th Sunday of Lent Reflection.pdf
- 5th Week of Lent - Lectio Divina.pdf
- Palm Sunday Reflection.pdf
- Holy Week - Lectio Divina.pdf
- A Reflection on Lenten Fasting.pdf
- A Week of Prayers for Lenten Devotions.pdf
- Scriptural Way of the Cross.pdf
- How to Go to Confession.pdf