All Things Lent!
Welcome to our 2022 Lenten page! Here you will find all that we are offering during this blessed time, as well as registrations. It will be updated as things expire or new things are added. Make it a great Lent!
Stations of the Cross
Soup and Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday during Lent, March 4 – April 8, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Adoration on Saturdays during Lent
The parish will offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Saturdays of Lent beginning March 5, 2 to 3:30 pm, in the Guadalupe Chapel. Please register HERE or simply come. Registration will help us ensure that Our Lord is kept company. Our Confessions will be also be held beginning at 3 pm each Saturday as normal. No registration is necessary for Confession.
Lenten Prayer Books
Enjoy this booklet (the Little Black Book) on the parables of Jesus to guide you through a prayerful Lent. The booklets will be available at our Welcome Center and are free of charge. A donation in the Sunday offering basket is appreciated. The prayers in the booklet begin on Sunday, February 27. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 2.
Here are some ideas on what to do with your dried up palms from last year. (Taken from Nativity Catholic Church)
Burn or Bury: We live in a society where most things are disposable. However, sacramentals, such as palm branches, should be treated with special reverence. Therefore, the normal “rule of thumb” is that anything that has been blessed should be burned (and then the ashes buried) or simply buried. This type of disposal honors their sacred purpose and returns them to the earth in a dignified way. If you are unable to burn and bury your old palms, the parish has placed a basket in the vestibule of Door #1 to collect the dried palms. We will dispose of them properly.
Decorate: When we use the palms as decoration in the house, it serves as a constant reminder of Palm Sunday and is a beautiful way to stay connected to Holy Week throughout the year.
Online Lent Resources
- Daily Lenten Reflections from Formed.org (be sure to sign up for a free parish account)
- Lent Resources from Loyola Press
- Strong Catholic Family Faith Lenten Resources
- Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic
- S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Lent Resources
- Lent #Pray40 Challenge from Hallow Catholic Prayer and Meditation App
- Praying Lent Resources from Creighton University’s Online Ministries
- The Ignatian Workout for Lent: An Online Retreat from IgnatianSpirituality.com
- Resources from St. Mary’s Press for young children and older youth
- Daily Reflections from ACST Technologies
Bring Lent to Life at Home!
As we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, may our fasting be a hunger for justice, our almsgiving an offering of peace, and our prayers a reflection of humble and grateful hearts. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to accompany us as we spend these 40 days reflecting on our responsibility to share what we have with our brothers and sisters in need.
Hope for Haitians, based in the Rockford Diocese, serves the poorest of the poor in Northeast Haiti. Your gifts this Lent will be joined with the gifts from other catholic faithful in our Diocese and be transformed into homes, clean water, and an opportunity for self-sufficiency for families in Haiti. Click here to watch a video of their wonderful mission!
Donation boxes and Lenten calendars are available at our Welcome Center or front office to help you make this your family’s Almsgiving Project. Pick up your box for your donations and let’s begin our Lenten journey with a purpose! Each box comes with an envelope for you to use to write a check for the amount collected and bring back to church at the end of lent. We encourage you to follow, as a family, the daily activities on the Hope for Haitians Lenten Calendar and grow closer to Our Lord Jesus and to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Please visit www.hopeforhaitians.org to know more about their mission!
God of mercy,
You call us to recognize you in our sisters and brothers and to care for those most in need. “For whatever you do
for the least of these, you do for me“. Matthew: 25:40-45
This Lent, ignite your love in us so that through our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we may support all who experience hunger in body, heart, and spirit and all those who experience fear, especially our brethren in Ukraine.