In addition to the celebration of the Eucharist and the regular catechetical classes many parishes have additional opportunities to deepen your faith in Lent. Here are a few that have come in to Webmaster:
Fr. Jim Willick dropped in this message from Souris. “We are hosting a Lenten series every Thursday evening beginning March 7th entitled “No Greater Love, A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion.”
Beginning March 30/31 the cluster in the Souris area will have a brand new weekend mass schedule:
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. St. Charles / 7:00 p.m. St. Margaret’s
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. St. Mary’s / 11:00 a.m. St. Columba
Fr. Andrew Handrahan sent this over from Wellington/Richmond:
“For activities in Lent (both of which have events created that can be shared from our Facebook page): We have the Stations of the Cross every Friday evening: 7:30 PM at Immaculate Conception in Richmond.
We have a video series with discussion on Sunday evenings: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Immaculate Conception, basement. It is the Bishop Robert Barron’s series: Christ, “Priest, Prophet, King”.
Fr. John Molina, Seminarian Walter Flynn and their parishioners will be very active at ST SIMON & ST JUDE parish in Tignish with:
THE WAY OF THE CROSS
Friday, March 8 at 7:00 PM (Walter Flynn)
Friday, March 15 at 7:00 PM (Tignish CWL)
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 PM (K of C)
Friday, March 29 at 7:00 PM (St Felix CWL)
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 PM (Within Mass) (Fr. John Molina)
Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM (Prayer Group)
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
First Friday (April 5 at 6:00 PM) followed by Holy Mass at 7:00 PM
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
(Liturgy of Reconciliation) Tignish: Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
(Confessions) every Saturday at 11:00 AM.
THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK – (Within Mass)
Saturday March 16 at 10:00 AM at ST Simon et St Jude
Thursday, March 21 at 3:00 PM at the Seniors Home
OPPORTUNITY FOR FORMATION
Our seminarian Walter Flynn will be offering a series of talks entitled “From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane” every Wednesday of Lent at 7:30 PM
Lenten Sundays at the Basilica: To mark the Sundays of Lent, we will celebrate sung Evening Prayer at 6:30 in the lower church chapel – where weekday Mass is celebrated – March 10 through April 7. This will be followed each evening by a gathering of 45 – 60 minutes, led by Fr. Keith, on a Lenten theme. Everyone welcome to any or all! March 10: Lent and the Liturgical Year; March 17: Reflections on Forgiveness–Part 1 (Luke 15: 11-32); March 24: Reflections on Forgiveness–Part 2 (Matthew 18: 21-35); March 31: Our Ways and God’s Ways (Matthew 20: 1-16); April 7: Exodus: Then and Now.
St. Mary’s Parish in Montague has a couple of special features for Lent. Lenten Reflections: Tuesdays’ from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s. All are welcome Stations of the Cross: Fridays’ at 6:30 PM at St. Mary’s
Another suggestion for Lent came into the mailbox this morning, here it is:
LENTEN WALK WITH THE LORD 2019 – 40 ACTS OF KINDNESS
Dear Reverend Father: As you know, the season of Lent is fast approaching.
Our parish community, with the permission and encouragement of our own diocese Archbishop, wishes to present to you an alternative or optional way to enhance and enrich your parishioner’s Lenten commitment and experience. Very often, Lent consist in denying oneself and/or abstaining from certain items, activities, and/or benefits/enjoyments. Optionally, “Lenten Walk with the Lord” invites you to do one (1) simple act of kindness for each of the 40 days of Lent. There is a calendar, attached to this e-mail, which would be placed in the bulletin to help each parishioner keep track of their kindnesses along with some simple instructions to help guide them. For example, it suggests that kindness can be as simple as a smile and often begins at home.
God bless you in your efforts! Kindest regards, Tom Thompson – Project Coordinator
And here is the Lenten Calendar for you to download and print.
In the Lenten journey, we invite you to check out these two websites:
www.sacredspace.ie has many helps for praying with Scripture. The site is authored by the Jesuit community in Ireland and has helped many people pray with Scripture.
www.ronrolheiser.com Father Ron Rolheiser is a Canadian Oblate priest whose column “In Exile” is available in more than one hundred papers around the world. The website gives you access to Father Rolheiser’s writings as well as interviews on various topics.
These suggestions are submitted by the Association of the Spiritual Exercises Apostolate (PEI).
Why join the Pray More Lenten Retreat? —
Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lenten season.
Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him and get to know Him and His word better.
Become more intentional with your prayer life.
Reflect on God’s mercy and immeasurable love for us as He sent His son to die for our sins.
Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten season from the comfort of your own home!
Renew your hope as you wait expectantly & joyfully for God to work in your life and to answer your prayers.
The Stations of the Cross are frequently prayed in Lent.
Here are two versions you can download to your phone, tablet or other device.