Living Lent Fully
A note from your pastor:
My friends in Christ:
Every year, as I approach the Lenten Season, my Spirit rejoices. For so many of us, Lent is a personal time of peaceful reflection, for intimacy with the crucified Jesus, and for a more conscious embrace of the corporeal and spiritual works of mercy. It is a wonderful time for us to choose to do something spiritually that we normally do not do at other times of the year.
Some choose to read a spiritual book; be more generous with their charity; go to daily Mass; return to the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation; attend one or more of the Adult Faith Formation programs; pray the rosary daily; or help in a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen.
No matter what you decide to do, please know your intention to draw closer to our crucified Lord delights his Sacred Heart. This page will be updated regularly with information and links to help you live your Lenten journey and prepare to celebrate the Divine Mystery of Christ's Redemptive Sacrifice and Resurrection on Easter.
Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Pastor
Helpful Links for Living Lent Fully
During Lent, Catholics are called to deeper prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But why? These short articles give an excellent explanation.
- Intro to Lent: What is Prayer?
- Intro to Lent: Why Do Catholics Fast, Anyway?
- Intro to Lent: How is Almsgiving Both a Prayer and a Fast?
Best Lent Ever by Matthew Kelly, founder of Dynamic Catholic
This program delivers a short video and meditation to your email (or phone) every day of Lent. Millions have used this program to make Lent more meaningful and grow in their faith.
- Go to Dynamic Catholic to sign up and get daily reflections via email.
- OR go to Lent 2018 Reflections to watch the Lenten videos without signing up.
Formed: A Lent to Remember and other offerings
If you're not signed up yet, go to formed.org and enter our parish code M8GJX2.
The resources are so numerous and excellent! Here are just a few:
- A Lent to Remember: 5-Week series of exquisite videos preparing us to accept God's healing forgiveness
- Short videos by highly acclaimed apologists explaining the readings of Sunday Mass
- Daily Lenten Reflections including video, reading from the catechism, and how to apply to your life
- Many movies, books, and recordings
Daily Readings - U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops:
- You can listen to the daily readings through the USCCB website or iTunes
- Video reflections are also available, as well as many other resources
Parish Lenten Schedule
Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation) during Lent:
- Saturdays 3:30-4:15 pm (in the Chapel)
- Sundays 9:15-9:45 am (in the Chapel)
- Monday, March 12 at 7 pm (with visiting priests during the parish Mission)
- Good Friday, March 30 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm (in the Chapel)
- Holy Saturday, March 31 from 3:30 - 4:15 pm (in the Chapel)
Stations of the Cross:
- Fridays in Lent (Feb. 16 through March 23) at 2:25 pm and 7:00 pm
- Live Stations by the school children Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
- Good Friday at 7:30 pm
Adoration of Our Lord:
- Every Thursday following the 9:00 am Mass, continuing throughout the day and concluding with Benediction at 7:00 pm
- St. Jude Novena recited at the beginning of Adoration and at the conclusion at 7:00 pm
- Sunday March 11 through Tuesday March 13 at 7 pm (more information to come!)
Holy Week Schedule: Try to avail yourself of the many opportunities to deeply celebrate the holiest days of our Faith!
Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018
- 9:00 am: Morning Prayer in the Chapel
- 7:30 pm: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
- After Mass: Adoration until midnight with a special Holy Hour starting at 11:00 pm
Good Friday, March 30, 2018
- 9:00 am: Morning Prayer in the Chapel
- 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Confession
- 3:00 pm: Celebration of the Lord's Passion with distribution of Holy Communion
- 7:30 pm: Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
- 9:00 am: Morning Prayer followed by the Blessing of Easter Food
- 3:30 - 4:15 pm: Confession
- NO 4:30 pm Vigil Mass
- 7:30 pm: Solemn Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
- 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 12:00 pm (noon): Mass in St. Jude Church
- 10:15 am: Mass in Cafeteria at St. Jude Education Center (school)