What are the three pillars of Lent?
Pray During Lent, we ask God to renew and transform us. A daily habit of talking—and listening—to God is strengthened and renewed. Or perhaps it becomes a new bond, a part of our everyday life that we go to find solace and understanding. “The Lord is near to all who call upon him in truth,” as the psalmist says. He is closer than your hands and feet.
Fast Many Christians use Lent as a time to commit to fasting, choosing to abstain from certain foods, habits or vices. The fasting and abstinence is meant to mirror the experience of Jesus Christ and his experience of fasting in the desert.
Catholics are asked to fast from meat on Ash Wednesday and all of the Fridays of Lent. They are also asked to abstain from eating between meals on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to eat only one full meal and two small meals on those days.
Give This year, let’s transform our fasting as we transform our spirits in preparation for Easter. We will repair and restore our spirits by using the fast to deepen our sense of gratitude for all of God’s gifts; to redouble our efforts to sustain the beautiful gifts that God has given us in Creation; and to rejoice in our gratitude by sharing our gifts with all those in need.
Choose what opens your heart! Not everything is for everybody! What speaks to you?:
PAUSE TO PRAY…
…at Mass on Sundays at 9 & 10:30am, 12 noon & 5pm, or Saturday vigil at 5pm;
Weekdays at 7:45 & 9am
…in a small group Lenten Scripture Study for 3 sessions in 40 days
…with daily meditation booklets
+ The Little Black Book for Adults (in church)
+ The Little Purple Book for Children, 6-9 (in Rel. Ed)
+ The Art of Lent by Sister Wendy Beckett (Kindle)
…at the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday eves at 7:15pm
+ March 13 for the Suffering, Ill & Disabled
+ March 20 for Today’s Disciples
+ March 27 with Pope Francis
+ April 3 for Seniors
+ April 10 Living Stations with Teens of the Parish
…on local pilgrimages
+ March 10 Mindfulness Walk at Sheldrake Preserve, 1:30pm
+ March 13 Medieval Bestiary Cloisters Tour for gr. 1 – 4, 10:30am
+ April 14 The Crucifixion Cloisters Tour for Adults, 2pm
+ Online 360-degree Tours of Houses of Worship
…with a spiritual guide
+ March 16 Fr. Tony Ciorra on The Spirituality of Beauty, 10am
in Kenny Hall
+ March 29 Mary Kate Holmes on Creation and the Cross at Parish
Rice & Beans Potluck, 6 – 7:30pm in Kenny Hall
FAST IT FORWARD…
…on March 29 at Parish Rice & Beans Potluck with donations of pkg
food or money to HOPE in NR & Mother Teresa’s in the Bronx
peanut butter, beans, pasta, rice, low-salt soups, tomatoes, etc.
…with 6 Ways in 6 Days
Sustain Creation & donate the difference on…
+ Meatless Mondays in addition to Friday fasts
+ Trashless Tuesdays of refusing & reusing, recycling & composting
+ Walking Wednesdays Wherever: to school, to the train, to catechism!
+ Thrifty Thursdays of not spending on yourself
+ Fasting Fridays for 18-59: no food between 3 small & meatless meals
+ Study Saturdays, taking time out to read one article about Creation
Sunday? Go to Mass, feast & spend the day with family & friends!
…with partners from an interfaith effort to care for God’s Creation,
+ clean up our shores & parks!
+ conserve energy by turning off lights & turning down heat & AC!
+ stop using plastics & bring your own bag!
+ walk around town & use public transportation outside of it!
+ save food & start composting at Maxwell Avenue drop-off!
Lent is a penitential season yet also a season of renewal, of deepening our relationship with God.
It is a season of thirst for infinite beauty—for God.
Let us make this Lent a time of spiritual renewal that enhances our experience of Easter,
making us ready to embrace the mystery and promise of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Palm Sunday & Holy Week Liturgies
April 14 Palm Sunday Masses 5pm (Sat eve); 9am & 10:30am, 12 Noon & 5pm
April 15 Monday Confessions 3 – 8pm
April 18 Holy Thursday Mass of Our Lord’s Supper 8pm (Visits to Repository until 10:30pm)
April 19 Good Friday Tenebrae 9am
Stations of the Cross 12 noon & 7:30pm
Liturgy of the Passion & Death of Our Lord 3pm
Confessions 7 – 7:30pm
April 20 Holy Saturday Tenebrae 9am
Confessions 11am-12 noon, 4-5pm
Easter Vigil Liturgy 8pm
Easter Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:30am
(No Evening Mass)