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
ASH WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 26
Mass Times: 7:30am, 9am (School Mass), 12:15pm, and 7pm
Ash Wednesday opens the season of Lent, a season of prayer and fasting as we prepare ourselves for the great celebration of Easter. Although Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation you are encouraged to join us for Mass to begin your Lenten devotions.
Ashes are sacramentals that serve as visible signs that help predispose our souls to Grace. They symbolize the dust from which God made us and are a reminder of the grief we feel over our sins that separate us from God. As we wear our ashes throughout the day they serve as a sign that we are committing ourselves to a life in Christ.
Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Amen.
THURSDAY LENTEN MASSES
Thursdays at 12:15pm beginning on February 27
LENTEN LECTIO DIVINA
Wednesdays from 12-12:30pm beginning March 4
Lectio divina, literally, Divine Reading, is a method for praying with the Scriptures. As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps: lectio (reading), meditatio (meditation), contemplatio (contemplation), and oratio (prayer). (Source: www.usccb.org)
FRIDAY FISH FRY
The annual fish fry dinners will begin Friday, February 28 in Marist Hall. The all-you-can-eat menu will include: baked, blackened and battered cod, coleslaw, fresh green beans, hush puppies, fries, salad, and lemonade, sweet tea and water. Doors open 6:00pm. The cost is $10 per person/$35 per family/$5 for children under 10, and under 2, free.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church each Friday during Lent at 7:30pm beginning February 28.
February 27 - Laudato Si' Based Stations
March 6 - Everyone's Stations of the Cross
March 13 - Traditional Stations of the Cross
March 20 - Through the Eyes of Mary
March 27 - Traditional Stations of the Cross
April 3 - Through the Eyes of Mary
Father R. Joe Lingan, SJ, of the Ignatius House Retreat Center on Riverside Drive will lead our Lenten Mission this year Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, March 3 and 4. Questions? Contact Mark Dannenfelser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
Our Lenten Penance Service will be Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm.
(Adoration ends at 5pm.)
Join us for a communal prayer service followed by individual confessions.
Along with our OLA priests, there will be priests from around the archdiocese - including Bishop Ned - available to hear your confession.
Click here for a quick how-to guide for the sacrament!
FATHER JIM’S LENTEN SOUP SUPPER
Join Father Jim for a simple meal of soup and bread (prepared by the Soupremes) on the following Wednesdays at 6pm: March 18, March 25, and April 1.
This meal is free, but donations will be accepted to cover costs. Any extra donations will be sent to the Interfaith Outreach Home.
TWENTY IN 20
Lent is the perfect time to focus on your spiritual growth and participate in our Twenty in 20 Campaign! What’s Your 20?
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