2018 Lenten Activities & Resources

During the season of Lent we are given the opportunity to come to come closer to God’s love and grace as we engage in the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and charitable giving. Please review and reflect on how these Lenten Activities can help you, “Repent and Believe in Jesus.”


Repent and Believe in Jesus


Our Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday as we trace the sign of the cross on our foreheads with black ashes. It is a powerful symbol of our relationship with Jesus Christ and our willingness to turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel. The Lenten season offers us the opportunity to deepen our spirituality through the common practices of prayer, fasting, and charitable giving.

Our theme for Lent this year is “Repent and Believe in Jesus.” Lent is a time to open ourselves to changes of goodness and peace. It is a time to let go of the negatives and embrace the grace of God that is constantly raining down upon us. This is a sacred time in the Church year when we can become more of what the Holy Spirit meant us to be –fully human and fully Christian. 


More time given to prayer during Lent will draw us closer to God and deepen our commitment to a way of life rooted in our baptism.

The Power of Daily Mass

This Lent consider attending morning Mass as part of your own Lenten devotion and personal commitment to prayer. It is a great way to begin your day and keep you focused. It could be your private pilgrimage for the 40 days that take us to Holy Week and Easter. Yes, Jesus is present to us when we gather to share the Bread of Life. 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  7:00 a.m. — Immaculate Conception Church
  • Wednesday:  8:00 a.m. — St. Joseph Church
  • Saturday:  7:30 a.m.  — Immaculate Conception Church
Stations panel from St. Joseph Church

Stations panel from St. Joseph Church

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross trace the steps of Jesus to Calvary. This Lenten devotion will be prayed on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m, alternating each week between our two churches: 

  • Wednesday, February 21st – St. Joseph Church
  • Wednesday, February 28th – St. Joseph Church
  • Wednesday, March 7th – IC Church
  • Wednesday, March 14th – IC Church
  • Wednesday, March 21st – St. Joseph Church
  • Wednesday, March 28th – IC Church

Scripture Study

Gain new insights into the riches to the stories in the Bible while enjoying the fellowship of other parishioners. Our current session, Seek First the Kingdom: A Spiritual Retreat looks deeper into what the scriptures mean for us.  If you've never attended these Saturday morning gatherings, you should give it a try; come to one session or all of them. Either way, you’ll gain new insights into the riches of our faith while enjoying the fellowship of other parishioners! Visit our Scripture Study page for more information.

Bishop Robert Barron

Daily Lenten Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

Daily Lenten Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire are a simple way to start each day by drawing closer to Christ. From Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, Bishop Barron will send a free, short reflection straight to your email in-box each day. It is one way to super-charge your Lent by preparing for Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.

Lenten Regulations on Fasting and Abstinence

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. 
  • In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
  • For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.
  • When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
  • The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
  • If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection. 


Judith Valente

Judith Valente

The Art of Pausing: Reclaiming a sense of Balance in Lent:   Lent is time to clear out some of the dust we’ve let accumulate inside of us throughout the year, and refocus on what really matters. In this mini-retreat, author, retreat director and former ICSJ parishioner Judith Valente will talk about simple ways we can practice the art of pausing during Lent and still remain active and attentive to our daily lives. In her lively, accessible and poetic style, Judy will help us see how we can reclaim a sense of balance amid all the distractions of daily life and rediscover how we can live more mindfully and with great 

The Art of Pausing
Sunday, March 4th – 12:00p.m–1:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall


The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the reality of God’s forgiveness and hope for us: to be forgiving and reconciling people.

ICSJ Parish Lenten Confession Schedule

  • Saturday, March 24th:  4:00 p.m.–5:00 pm. — Immaculate Conception Church.
  • Sunday, March 25th:  9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. — Immaculate Conception Church.
  • Sunday, March 25th:  10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — St. Joseph Church.
  • Monday, March 26th:  7:00 p.m. — Immaculate Conception Church.


Almsgiving is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given to us. 

ICSJ Parish Food Pantry

Throughout Lent we are collecting donations and non-perishable items for our Parish Food Pantry and our Sharing Parish, Assumption, BVM. Special grocery bags will be available at Masses; just take one home, fill it with non-perishable items, and return it to church or to our Parish Office. (Make a monetary donation)


Buy a Bag, Give a Bag

Our Young Adult Ministry has assembled 250 Bags to Give. Each contains a water bottle, socks, trail-mix, granola bar and an uplifting message of hope. The goal is to keep one or more of these bags handy in your car, gym bag or purse so the next time you see a homeless person or someone in need, you’re not scrambling for leftover food or spare change. Instead, you grab a Bag to Give!

Bags to Give Fundraiser*
On sale for $5 each after all Masses February 24th and 25th  

*Proceeds will be split between ICSJ and Kolbe House Ministry, a jail ministry affiliated with our sharing parish Assumption BVM.