2017 Lenten Activities & Resources
This Lenten season, ICSJ Parish is offering many opportunities for PRAYER, RECONCILIATION, and ALMSGIVING. Please review the options below, and reflect on the ways you can take advantage of each one.
After Meeting Jesus, What Will You Do?
Our Lenten theme this year is, “After Meeting Jesus, What Will You Do?” The theme is based on the “Cycle A” scriptural readings we will hear proclaimed at Mass. This Lent, the gospel stories include the woman at the well, the blind man, and Lazarus. They all encounter Jesus and we notice how their life dramatically changes. For us as well, this Lent gives us the opportunity to meet Jesus through our prayer, fasting and charitable giving. What will this sacred encounter with Jesus do to us? What lasting affect will it have upon us? And, after meeting Jesus, what will we be compelled to do now? May it be a great Lent for us because of the quality time we spend with our Lord.
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. We offer resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate the holy three days following Lent.
The Power of Daily Mass
Lent is a time to grow closer to Christ. Come and attend daily Mass during this season of “grace and favor” at either of our two worship sites.
- Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church
- Saturday: 7:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
An Afternoon of Reflection with Loyola Academy's Fr. Pat McGrath
Living in today’s overly busy world, it's difficult to set aside time to reflect on our faith and our God. He may be always talking to us but in our high-tech world we often don’t hear Him. Lent is the perfect time to set aside time to reconnect with Him. Join Fr. Pat McGrath, of Loyola Academy on Sunday, March 12th at IC Church from 1:30–5:00pm for, "Finding God in All Things Amid Challenging Times," an afternoon of quiet reflection, observations and conversation. All are welcome.
Easter "Morning of Reflection" with Fr. McBrady
Join our own Fr. Larry McBrady for an Easter "Morning of Reflection" on Saturday, April 22nd, 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. The morning will focus on the many powerful post-resurrection stories that invite us to a new and better understanding of our present relationship with Jesus Christ. Hope you can join us!
Daily Lenten Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron
Daily Lenten reflections from Bishop Bob 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.
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:
- March 8: I.C. Church
- March 15: St. Joseph Church
- March 22: I.C. Church
- March 29: St. Joseph Church
- April 5: I.C. Church
- April 12: St. Joseph Church
The current session of our Scripture Study series explores The Old Testament and its fascinating historical and societal milieu, and how it prefigures and lends so much meaning to the New Testament. If you've never attended, you should give it a try; come to one or all. 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.
Lenten Regulations on Fasting and Abstinence
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one‘s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. The special Paschal fast, as well as abstinence, are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.
One of the ways that we receive God’s mercy is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation that celebrates God’s action in our lives, the reality of God’s forgiveness. It also celebrates that what God hopes for us: to be a forgiving and reconciling people.
ICSJ Parish Lenten Confession Schedule
- Saturday, April 1st: 4:00–5:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
- Sunday, April 2nd: 9:00–9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
- Sunday, April 2nd: 10:30–11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church
The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, ALMSGIVING is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God."
ICSJ Parish Food Pantry
Throughout Lent we are collecting donations and non-perishable items for our Parish Food Pantry. Special grocery bags will be available at Masses; just take it home, fill it with non-perishable items, and return it to church or to our Parish Offices during the week. Monetary donations can be made to the Food Pantry, here.
CRS Rice Bowl
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Service's Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities communities. Every Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become lifesaving aid for millions of individuals living in conditions of poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. Make a donation to CRS Rice Bowl here.