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  • Our Lenten Journey

    “Open my heart, Lord!”

    As we begin to look toward Lent, our Liturgical Planning Team has developed a meaningful program of spiritual offerings that will lead us into this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  

    This 40-day journey, which we will soon begin, is meant to open our hearts—and even change them.  As much as we do so much of this work individually with Jesus Christ by our side, we also need the community around us.  The Body of Christ is the Church, and the strength we need to keep us going can often be found in the witness of those who walk with us on the same path. 

    The community events listed on our Lenten Calendar are opportunities to share the journey with our brothers and sisters in Christ, as we bring our individual lives to the One who can truly open our hearts. In addition to our community gatherings, here are some other suggestions for moving Lent from an external event to an internal experience. 

    Lenten Calendar

    Our Lenten Symbol: A New Heart 
    Something to hold onto!

    Lent can be a time for a real change of heart so that all the external things we do—like prayer, fasting and almsgiving—reflect the growth and activity that’s taking place within.

    Beginning Ash Wednesday, please pick up a small heart (made of wood) that you can carry with you as we go through Lent. 

    Feel free to write a word or phrase on the heart—or even draw a picture or symbol—that can help anchor you to the commitment you’d like to make as we head to Easter and new life.

    For example, let’s say you’re trying to grow in the virtue of patience. Write the word “patience” on your heart as a reminder and commitment.  Then, during those moments you feel you need patience, or feel you didn’t show it when it was needed, grasp the heart as a reminder of where you’d like to be.

    Whatever the word is, or even if there are no words or pictures at all, hold onto the heart.  It’s a reminder that God is the one who centers us, helps us change, and is always with us.

    Daily Reflections for Lent:  A Prayer Companion
    At the doors of the church, please find our Lenten prayer companion for 2018: Not by Bread Alone.  These daily reflections—based on each day’s scripture readings—can be a source of inspiration and a catalyst for prayer.

    Operation Rice Bowl: A Way to Give Alms
    Join our parish community once again in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl.  As we head through Lent, add your coins to the bowl as a way to reach out to people in third world countries who are being empowered to improve their lives in the midst of very difficult struggles.  Something as simple as $1 a day for 40 days can provide a farmer with 2 years of seed to help make a living.   You’ll find rice bowls in the narthex of the church.

    Joint Parish Mission: March 4, 5 & 6
    at St. Marcelline Parish (7:00 PM)
    This year’s mission is called “Facing Mercy” presented by Deacon Ryan Adorjan.  Journey through Salvation History, Experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and be inspired to live a new life in Christ.  Click here for more details.

    Lenten Resources

  • Bp. Barron's Lent Reflections

    • Friends, today’s Gospel presents the Transfiguration of Christ. What is the Transfiguration itself? Mark speaks literally of a metamorphosis, of going beyond the form that he had. If I can use Paul’s...
  • Events

    • Sunday, February 25, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
      Tickets will be sold after all Masses on February 17 & 18. Fee includes 2 games of bowling, shoes, pizza buffet and pop. Reservations must be paid for in advance by February 20th. NO WALK-INS. Location: Poplar Creek Bowl
    • Friday, March 2, 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, March 4, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
      This year’s mission is called “Facing Mercy” presented by Deacon Ryan Adorjan. Journey through Salvation History, Experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and be inspired to live a new life in Christ.
    • Sunday, March 4, 12:15 PM
    • Monday, March 5, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
      This year’s mission is called “Facing Mercy” presented by Deacon Ryan Adorjan. Journey through Salvation History, Experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and be inspired to live a new life in Christ.
  • Deacon Allen Tatara

    • What did Jesus mean when He said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  (Luke 9:22-25) What does...
    • Just in case anyone’s stressing over this, getting ashes doesn’t mean we’re holy. In fact, getting ashes means we’re not holy. Ashes are for sinners, for people like me who...