Lenten Opportunitites

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and giving, 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 the variety of ways you can enhance your spirituality and outreach this Lenten season as well as become more involved in parish life. 

Need a quick refresher/overview about Lent? Click the following link to watch the Busted Halo's Lent in Three Minutes

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! 

Men of the Parish! Here is your chance for a deeply meaningful Lenten sacrifice.  Come journey "Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men."  This is a spiritual reflection series that will encourage, challenge, and call forth to mission every willing man of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
The journey continues Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30am in the deSales Chapel. Sessions continue each Saturday with the final session being Saturday, April 13th. 

 Lenten Reflection Booklets- Reflection booklets for Lent are available in the gathering space. Individual booklets are available. They will remain in the gathering space until they run out. Please take advantage of this resource to deepen you spirituality this Lenten season.

 
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 Colin in the deSales Chapel at 6:00am to reflect on the daily scripture readings and pray the rosary. What a great way to start the workday!

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 next simplicity meal is Friday, March 22nd at 6:00pm and will be 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 7:00 pm, following the Simplicity Meal, Stations of the cross will be held in the Church. Come for prayerful meditation of Jesus' final earthly hours.

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 Help to make the church beautiful for Easter! As we celebrate the Holy Season of Easter, we decorate our church with beautiful flowers to remind us of the beauty that God offers us.  These decorations are made possible by the contributions of our parish family, which is very much appreciated. Suggested donation is $10.00 per plant. There are special envelopes in your offertory envelope packets, you can donate on our WeShare online giving site https://seaschurch.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities or place your donation in a plain envelope marked Easter Flowers and place in the offertory.  If you wish your donation to be in memory or honor of someone, please write the name(s) on the envelope. 

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Date Church Time
March  28 St. Patrick 7:00 pm
April 2 Sacred Heart, Pinehurst 11:00 am
April 9 St. Ann 7:00 pm
April 10 Good Shepherd, Hope Mills 7:00 pm
April 16 Pope Chapel, Fort Bragg 6:00pm

https://seaschurch.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities

Reconciliation is available each Saturday at the church from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Saturday, March 23rd there will be no reconciliation, as our visiting priest will not be available at that time.

 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

Click HERE for a two minute video on Holy Week from Busted Halo   

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.

     "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.

Following Mass Holy Thursday, the Blessed Sacrament will be in the deSales Chapel for Adoration until midnight. Please take this opportunity to spend some time with Jesus!
St. John Paul II told us: "The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic adoration. Jesus waits for us in the Sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet him in adoration and contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease."
Jesus is asking us, as he did his Apostles, "Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?"  

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

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Holy Saturday)- Easter Vigil, 8:00pm.  Please note that there will be no confessions Holy Saturday. Following the Easter Vigil a reception will be held in the parish hall to welcome our newest members!

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