Lenten Opportunitites

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, as well as a time of grace, conversion, and renewal.  Throughout the season of Lent, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Community offers many opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal as well as community building and outreach.  Explore below the variety of ways you can enhance your spirituality and outreach this Lenten season as well as become more involved in parish life. 

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule (Wednesday, February 14, 2018):
9:00am, Noon, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (at Methodist University, Hensdale Chapel)
There will be a collection at all parish masses for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. See the bulletin for more details.
Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence- Click the following link for more information Q&A about Lent/Lenten Practices

deSales Lenten Retreat on the Run- Can't get enough of Salesian Spirituality?  Busy, but still want to make time to pray and reflect?  Click Here to link to the deSales Lenten Retreat on the Run-a five to ten minute retreat for people on the run! 

Lenten Reflection Booklets- Individual and family reflection booklets are available (while they last) in the gathering space in the church. Pick one up and reflect daily to enhance you prayer life and spirituality! These are a great way to help prepare for Holy Week and the great celebration of Easter!

Rice Bowls- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) rice bowls are available in the gathering space. Monies collected go to feed the hungry around the world as well as throughout the United States. Take one, add your loose change throughout Lent, and return it on Easter.  See how your small regular deposits can make a big difference in the live of many!  Didn't take a rice bowl but still want to participate?  Donations can be made on the WeShare Online Giving site.


Colin Jorsch hosts 'Pray to start your day each Tuesday and Thursday during Lent.  Join him in the deSales Chapel at 6:00am for the daily reading followed by praying the rosary.  

v0rbhvcqzebgrgelsvt52952n2l.jpg Simplicity Meals- each Friday in Lent, a different parish organization will provide a simple meal of meatless soup and bread. During these meals, we gather together as a community to enjoy a sacrificial meal, remembering those among us who do not have enough to eat. We ask that the money you would spend on eating a meal out be donated that evening.  At the end of Lent, all proceeds from the Simplicity Meals are donated to Operation Inasmuch for their Breakfast Program which feeds the hungry in our local community.  The first simplicity meal is Friday, February 16th at 6:00pm and is hosted by the Columbiettes.  This is also a great opportunity to connect with other parishioners and build up the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton community!   


Stations of the Cross- Each Friday, at 7pm, following the Simplicity Meal, Stations of the cross will be held in the Church. Come for prayerful meditation of Jesus' final earthly hours.

Living Stations of the Cross- Friday, March 9th, beginning at 7:00pm, the Youth of the parish will present the Living Stations of the Cross. Please join them for this moving portrayal of The last hours of Jesus' life. 



 Area Reconciliation Services:

Date Church Time
Feb. 22 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 7:00pm
Feb. 28 San Isidore 7:00pm
Mar.6 St. Anthony of Padua, Southern Pines 6:30pm
Mar. 7 St. Patrick 7:00pm
Mar. 13 St. Ann 10:30am
Mar. 14 Good Shepherd 7:00pm
Mar. 15 Sacred Heart, Pinehurst 11:00am
Mar. 20 St. Stephen, Sanford 7:30pm

Holy Week/Easter Schedule

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord's Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

For more information on the Triduum CLICK HERE to link to the USCCB Website

Mass of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday)-Mass at 7:00pm, followed by Adoration until midnight in the de Sales Chapel

     "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matt 25:40

During Holy Thursday Mass, at the presentation of gifts, all parishioners are invited to process to the Altar with non-perishable food items and place them in the basket provided. All food collected will be used to feed the hungry in our local community.

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion- Liturgy begins at 3:00pm

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Holy Saturday)- Easter Vigil, 8:30pm.

Easter Sunday Masses- 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:30am
                                     9:00pm at Methodist University