2019 Lenten Activities & Resources
Our Lenten season begins 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. Please review the many activities and resources offered below and and reflect on how they might help you.
Our Lenten Theme: Let the Broken be Whole
Our theme for Lent this year is Let The Broken Be Whole. In our world today we experience so much brokenness on so many levels. Our Church is broken and is in need of some serious healing and forgiveness. Our government is broken as political parties are greatly divided and they struggle to work for the common good of all. Our city is broken as we witness every day unimaginable acts of crime and violence on our streets and in our neighborhoods.
This Lent we ask Christ to make us whole and holy. We pray that the relationships that are fractured can be mended through mercy, forgiveness and understanding. We hope that the scattered pieces of our life can actually come together in grace filled ways and give us meaning, purpose and a new direction.
Many people in the gospel stories came to Jesus in their brokenness desperately looking for help. They wanted him to restore them. The deaf, the blind, the sinner, the leaper, the prostitute and the thief were all deeply wounded. Jesus turns their life around and gives them new hope. They are finally freed of their illness, suffering, doubt and fear.
Much of Lent is just trust in what Jesus can do for us. May he have the power to make us holy people of faith.
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 through Friday: 7:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception 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 during Lent 6:30 p.m at Immaculate Conception Church.
Wednesday, March 13th – IC Church
Wednesday, March 20th – IC Church
Wednesday, March 27th – IC Church
Wednesday, April 3rd – IC Church
Wednesday, April 10th – IC Church
Wednesday, April 17th – IC Church
Scripture Study: Understanding Jesus’ Greatest Sermon
How well do you know Jesus’ greatest sermon? The Beatitudes. The Golden Rule. The Lord’s Prayer. Most of us know the Sermon on the Mount in segments but few of us have had the opportunity to learn about this powerful part of the New Testament as a profound whole. That’s why ICSJ’s Saturday Morning Scripture Study group is excited to present, Understanding Jesus’ Greatest Sermon. In this 12-part DVD series, Fr. Dennis Hamm, S.J., one of Catholicism’s leading bible scholars, illuminates Jesus’ words as told by Matthew and Luke and places them against the background of the Old Testament, bringing us closer to what these sayings meant to their original audiences— and what they mean to our lives today. Visit our Scripture Study page for more information.
Taize Prayer Services
Our neighbors to the north at St. Michael’s Church in Old Town will be offering Taize Prayer on the Fridays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. It is a beautiful evening of music, silence, reflection and prayer.
Lenten Mission Series
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Avenue, will be hosting a Lenten Mission Series for three evenings in March at 7:00 p.m.
March 11th — Our Baptismal Call, Fr. Paul Seaman of St. Clement Parish
March 12th — Reconciliation and Lenten Renewal, Fr. Mike O’Connell of St. Alphonsus
March 13th — A Celebration of the Eucharist with our Vicar, Bishop Mark Bartosic
Daily Lenten Reflections
Word on Fire and Word Among Us offer daily scriptural reflections based upon the readings for the day. 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. Word Among Us offers daily meditations based on the Mass readings of the Catholic Church, inspirational essays, stories of the saints and more!
Fr. Larry McBrady will be hosting an Easter “Morning of Reflection.” This post-Easter gathering will reflect on Easter and how it impacts our lives today. If you’ve never attended one of Fr. McBrady’s reflections, you should consider giving it a try!
Easter “Morning of Reflection”
Saturday, April 27th – 9:00 a.m–12:00 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the reality of God’s forgiveness and hope for us: to be forgiving and reconciling people.
Lenten Confession Schedule
Saturday, April 6th at 4:00 p.m. — Immaculate Conception Church
Sunday, April 7th at 10:30 a.m. — St. Joseph Church
Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. — St. Vincent DePaul Church, 1010 W Webster Avenue (Reconciliation Prayer Service followed by individual confessions)
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.
Feeding the Poor
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)
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.