Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and giving, as well as a time of grace, conversion, and renewal. As we continue to adapt to lifestyle changes caused by coronavirus, Cardinal de Aviz said that the practices of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – have been transformed into anxiety-reducing meditation, proper hand washing, and social distancing. This Lent, let us focus on our relationship with God and all whom we encounter.
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent! Fr. Jack will be available to hear confessions Wednesday, March 11th and Wednesday, March 25th from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the church. Fr. Jack is also available each Saturday from 3:00pm-3:30pm in the church.
Each Tuesday & Thursday, at 6:00am, begin your day with the daily readings followed by the rosary. Sessions last about 30 minutes. Colin Jorsch will once again host although this year the gatherings will be virtual. Contact Colin at [email protected] for information on how to participate.
Lent Reflection booklets are available in the gathering space and parish hall. Please take advantage of these resources to deepen your Spirituality this Lenten season.
Rice bowls- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) rice bowls are available in the gathering space. All 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 the Rice Bowl at the Easter Masses. See how your loose change can make a big difference in the lives of many! Didn't take a Rice bowl but still want to participate? Donations can be made on our WeShare Online Giving site.
Stations of the Cross will be pre-recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Take some time in prayer and reflect on Jesus' final earthly hours. Below are additional resources for Stations of the Cross.
The following link will take you to Busted Halo's virtual Stations of the Cross.
Virtual Stations of the Cross
Click on the image for Reflections on the Stations with Bishop Barron.
Men of the Parish! Join Colin Jorsch for a spiritual reflection series that will encourage, challenge, and call forth to mission every willing man of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. This is a virtual video series. Sessions are held each Thursday at 7:00pm during Lent. Below is the schedule of topics. Participation in any and all is welcome-invite a friend! Sessions last about 40 minutes. Please email Colin at: [email protected] for more information or to sign up. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your spirituality this Lenten season.
February 25th- Brotherhood- Man was not meant to "go it alone," but to be in communion with others. It is important to build close friendships with other men of faith. Master Sergeant Sompaul Vorapanich shares lessons on the importance of brotherhood
March 4th- Leadership- Men must become leaders through developing their character. True leadership seeks greatness and brings out greatness in others. Robert Yates discusses his service in the Air Force and highlights the importance of being servant leaders.
March 11th- Fatherhood- The presence and involvement of a loving father is critical in the development of a child. True fatherhood models itself on God the Father. Former MLB player Mike Sweeney shares how the faith of a man should shape his role as a father.
March 18th- Family- There is a "battle for the very soul of the family." Men's service of their families requires sacrifice. Greg and Julie Alexander explain how discovering the true nature of marriage transformed their relationship and their family.
March 25th- Life- Human life is sacred. Men have a responsibility to protect society's most vulnerable. Men's participation in the pro-life movement is vital. John Morales shares his story of regret, healing and hope as a testimony to the importance of life.
Below are some additional resources for Lent.
The following link has information and resources for Lent from the USCCB
deSales Lenten Retreat on the Run- Enjoy 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!
The Three Pillars of Lent-
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:
For more information on the Triduum CLICK HERE to link to the USCCB Website
Mass of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday)-Details TBD
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion- Details TBD
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Holy Saturday)- Easter Vigil, time/Details TBD. Please note that there will be no confessions Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday Masses- TBD