Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
(Information taken from the USCCB website: What is Lent? | USCCB )
Opportunities for Prayer during Lent:
Weekday Mass: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:30pm
Stations of the Cross:
Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday during Lent at 7:00pm in the church.
Join us in prayer and reflection on Jesus' final earthly hours.
Virtual Stations of the Cross for those dealing with illness HERE
The following link will take you to Busted Halo's virtual Stations of the Cross.
Virtual Stations of the Cross
Fasting during Lent:
Click the photo for a short reflection on Fasting.
Lenten Simplicity Meals: Each Friday in Lent, we gather as a community to share a simple meal of meatless soup and bread. We also have peanut butter & jelly for the children. A different parish organization or ministry hosts each week. We ask folks who attend to make a donation as if they ate a meal out. All monies collected during these Lenten meals are donated to the Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch breakfast program. The Simplicity Meals are a wonderful opportunity fellowship and community building.
Altar Rosary & Seton Seniors will host the meal on March 1st.
Fasting isn't just for food....
Click the image for a quick refresher on Almsgiving.
Lenten Rice Bowls are available in the gathering space. If you did not take one, you can make a donation online at https://seaschurch.weshareonline.org/ CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official relief and development agency of the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Through CRS Rice Bowl, faith communities in every diocese throughout the U.S. put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lenten alms donated through CRS Rice Bowl support the work of CRS in roughly 45 different countries each year. 25% of all donations to CRS Rice Boel stay in ur local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation. More info at: https:www.crsricebowl.org
Local Reconciliation Services:
Monday, Feb, 26th-St. Ann-5pm-7pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27th- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-6:30pm
Tuesday, Mar. 5th-St. Andrew (Red Springs)-6:30pm
Tuesday, Mar 12th-St. Ann-1pm-3pm
Tuesday, Mar. 12th-St, Anthony of Padua (So. Pines)-6:30pm
Tuesday, Mar. 12th-Sacred Heart (Dunn)-6:30pm
Wednesday, Mar. 13th-St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Raeford)-6:30pm
Thursday, Mar. 14th- Sacred Heart (Pinehurst)- 11:00am
Tuesday, Mar. 19th- St. Feances deSales (Lumberton)- 6:30pm
Wednesday, Mar. 20th- Good Shepherd (Hope Mills)- 6:30pm
Thursday, Mar. 21st- St. Stephen (Sanford)- 6:30pm
Additional Lenten resources:
The following link has information and resources for Lent from the USCCB
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)-7:00pm
Holy Thursday begins the Triduum. Mass includes washing of the feet as well as a collection of
non-perishable foods to help feed the hungry in our local community.
Following Mass Holy Thursday, the Blessed Sacrament will be in repose until midnight. Please take this opportunity to spend time with our Lord.
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
The Triduum liturgy continues. The Passion will be proclaimed, we will have adoration of the Cross, and Eucharist will be distributed.
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Vigil-Holy Saturday)- Mass to begin at 8:15pm.
The Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord begins outside at the fire pit, with the lighting of the Easter Fire and blessing of the Paschal Candle. We welcome into the Church the Elect with Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please note that there will be no confessions Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday Masses-
Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord!
Masses celebrated at
9:00am & 11:30am