Celebrate the Beginning of Lent… The great 40 Day Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 17th. By laudatory tradition, it is a Day of Abstinence(from meat)and Fasting(one principal meal with two significantly smaller meals and no eating between meals). The season’s beginning is also marked with the Blessing and Reception of Ashes as a sign of our intention to make these 4o days significant in my own personal spiritual development and relationship with Christ and others. This year, to accommodate various needs, we will offer two opportunities for the Reception of Ashes: 12pm Noon, Brief Service of Ashes and Communionand7pm, Ash Wednesday Mass with Ashes. Please, also note that the Fridays of Lent are also Days of Abstinence from meat andDays of Charitable Good for Others. The exception this year is Friday, March 19th, the great Feast of St. Joseph of Nazareth, Spouse of Mary. Always, undertake the practice of fasting and abstinence as your bodily health allows you. There are many, many ways to practice a fast that do not involve food (i.e. from technology, social media, pornography, frivolous spending, dining out, etc.). Be creative but be fruitful in your life!
Virtual Stations of the Cross As we continue our battle against Coronavirus, we still celebrate the great love of God in the gift of Jesus and his passion, death, and resurrection so central to our Faith. Join Mthr. Sharon most Fridays of Lent, February 19th, 26th, March 5th, 12th, and 26th, for a virtual Way of the Cross via ZOOM. (Marth 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph, a celebration of faith so no Stations, abstinence or fast.) Be sure to check your email for the ZOOM Invitation containing the link, meeting code and password for you to be able to join together with your church family for this ancient prayer practice of our Faith.
Lenten Scripture Study: “The Eucharist” On the Thursdays of Lent beginning February 25th, Bp. Steve invites you, via ZOOM, to explore the biblical springs of the Eucharist. Through this exploration, you will enrich your understanding of this sacrament and deepen your appreciation of the great gift it is. Through texts from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and New Testament letters, you will discover that the Eucharist unites the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of our lives as an offering in union with Christ. Through meditation on these texts, you will learn to cultivate a Eucharistic life of prayer and active commitment in the world. Check your email for the ZOOM invitation for the Bible Study link and meeting code. FMI, speak with or contact Bp. Steve.
Almsgiving and Our Lenten Calendar of Abundance While fasting may not be appropriate (or advisable) for everyone, almsgiving can be part of everyone’s Lenten practice, no matter your age. Almsgiving is simply a response by us to God, a response that we have to through prayer. It is an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us, and a realization that it is never just about “me and God.”So scour those coat pockets, junk drawers, jars on your dresser, or even the couch cushions.
Lent is a perfect time to practice almsgiving along with regular prayer. For a fun and visual way to encourage generosity, use this interactive Calendar of Abundance (see attachment below). Our faith is put into action as we think about the blessings of our lives and give so that others may live and live more abundantly.We are invited each day of Lent to think about our access to resources and services that support us:clean water, electricity, transportation, medicine… “necessary conditions for life” many of us take for granted.These proposed gift amounts may generate between $50 and $100 over the course of Lent in your household.You can add the money to a jar as you go or note the amounts each day and make one big donation at the end of Lent!This resource will help you count the days toward Easter while remembering ways to be grateful for, mindful of, and to give to others.