Lent at OLA
"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth:
who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..."
- Pope Benedict XVI
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Lent will look quite different this year. Unfortunately we won’t be able to
host our weekly Fish Fry or Father Jim’s Lenten Soup Supper, but we do have a number of spiritual opportunities available. We hope that you will join us either in-person or virtually.
Lenten Prayer Books
Lenten Daily Prayerbooks will be available in the church after Masses this weekend. Please pick one up and spend a few minutes each day with Christ as your companion on your Lenten Journey.
The Way of the Cross Daily Prayer
Lenten Reflections of the Society of Mary (Marists)
The Society of Mary has created a daily Lenten meditation calendar. You can download it by clicking here.
During this season of Lent, the Marists invite our friends to explore Marist spirituality. It is a spirituality in a certain way of living the Gospel. The first Marists where inspired by a question: “What if we discovered the Gospel together, and lived it as Mary lived it?” What they found made a difference to their lives; and yet it was a simple way of life that anyone could live, no matter what their age or state.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation continues to be available by appointment only. Please contact Nimi at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of our priests directly. Email address can be found at www.olachurch.org/clergy.
12:15pm Thursday Masses
Our Thursday Lenten Masses are back! Join us In Person at 12:15pm for Mass. (This Mass will not be livestreamed.)
Lectors are needed each Thursday; please click here to sign up.
Lenten Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina, Divine Reading, is a way of becoming immersed in the Scriptures and through this immersion develop a closer relationship with God.
The steps of Lectio Divina are:
1) Read a Scripture passage, listening for words or phrases that speak to you;
2) Reflect carefully on how God is speaking to you,
3) Respond through journaling, prayer, etc...and
4) Rest in a time of silent contemplation.
Join Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, IN PERSON or via Livestream on Facebook on Wednesdays at 12pm beginning, February 24.
If you are joining us in person, enter through the Tabernacle side door beginning at 11:45am.
Stations of the Cross
Our Deacons will lead us in the Stations of the Cross on Fridays, at 7pm beginning February 19. This will be both IN PERSON and via livestream on Facebook.
Entrance antiphons will be incorporated at Lenten Sunday Masses at OLA to enhance our pastoral journey through Lent in a simple fashion. The antiphons will provide ample opportunity to rediscover the richness of the scriptural texts of proper introits traditionally associated with the season of Lent. Since the time of Pope Celestine I 432AD, antiphons have been an effective way for the people of God to enter into the mystery of Christ that the Church celebrates every day. Antiphons tend to be shorter and more repetitive with less reliance on the need for printed music.