Celebrate the Beginning of Lent 2022… The great 40 Day Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 2nd. By honorable practice, it is a Day of Abstinence(from meat products) andFasting(one principal meal and no eating outside of the meal). The season’s beginning is also marked with the Blessing and Reception of Ashes as a sign of our intention to make these 40 days significant in my own personal spiritual development and relationship with Christ and others. We offer an opportunity for the Reception of Ashes: 7pm, Ash Wednesday Mass with Ashes. Fridays of Lent are also honorably kept as Days of Abstinence from meat products andDays of Charitable Good for Others. 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.
Stations of the Cross We celebrate the great love of God in the gift of Jesus and his passion, death, and resurrection so central to our Faith. Join us Friday evenings of Lent at 7PM on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and April 1st and 8th, for the Way of the Cross. Join together with your church family for this ancient prayer practice, a true pilgrimage of faith.
Lenten Study: “Our Cup of Life” For Lent 2022, join together with Deacon Jan for this interactive six-week exploration of our spiritual growth. Using as our guide for the series is the book "The Cup of Our Life: A Guide to Spiritual Growth" by Sr. Joyce Rupp, osm. (The book can be purchased ahead of the series and is available easily through Amazon or Barnes and Noble). This series illustrates how the ordinary cups used each day can become sacred vessels that connect us with life and bring us into closer union with the Divine. We will explore how the cup is a rich symbol of life, with its emptiness and fullness, its brokenness and flaws, and its many blessings. Please, RSVP with Deacon Jan and this is an in-person gathering on the Tuesday evenings of Lent.On the Tuesdays of Lent beginning March 1st at 7PM, there will be an opportunity to share together and reflect upon your experience and insight with others.
Almsgiving: OCC Bishops' Relief Fund 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. Our almsgiving focus for Lent 2022 will be to benefit the Bishops' Relief Fund of the Old Catholic Communion. This fund is established to respond to the urgent needs of the people of God throughout the world who are in crisis because of natural disaster or oppression and violence. May your Lent be fruitful for one and for all!