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

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Prayer and Worship

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesdays from 10am - 6pm in the Church

Eucharistic Adoration is visiting and spending time in quiet prayer with Jesus present in the Eucharist. It is an expression of our love for Jesus, who loves us so much that He never wants to leave us and stays with us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Wednesday Evening Prayer and Benediction

Wednesdays at 6pm in the Church (Except March 9 and April 13)

At the end of weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Evening Prayer is prayed, led by a deacon. Evening Prayer is followed by Benediction, a final solemn blessing with special prayers before the Blessed Sacrament is once again reposed to the tabernacle.

Wednesday Rosary

Wednesdays March 9 and April 13 at 6pm in the Church

The Second Wednesday of the month from 6-6:30pm. At the end of weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament the rosary healing rosary is led by a deacon. The evening begins with a Healing Rosary. The Rosary is followed by Benediction, a final solemn blessing with special prayers before the Blessed Sacrament is once again reposed to the tabernacle.

If you would like to add someone to be prayed for, please contact Deacon Ed Patterson at epatterson@olachurch.org

Thursday Lenten Masses

Thursdays at 5:30pm in the Church

Our Thursday Lenten Masses have changed to 5:30pm making it the perfect time to stop and reconnect with your faith during the busy week. Please join us.  (This Mass will not be livestreamed.)

Stations of the Cross 

Fridays at 7:30pm in the Church 

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, commemorate Jesus's passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections. The practice began as pious pilgrims traced his path through Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa. 

Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church throughout the world. Similarly, the 150 Hail Marys that were recited for the rosary were an adaptation of the medieval monastic practice of reciting the 150 psalms in the Psalter.  (Source: usccb.org)

Sunday Monthly Rosary

Sundays at 8:45am in the Church: March 27

 

OLA's Knights of Columbus lead  a monthly Rosary at 8:45am in the Church on the last Sunday of the month. All are invited to join the Knights in the ambo transept of the church as they gather beginning at 8:30am. The Rosary will begin at promptly 8:45am. We'll be finished in time for the 9am Mass. on our group.

The Way of the Cross Daily Prayer Booklets

Please click on one of the links below to spend a few minutes each day with Christ as your companion on your Lenten Journey.

Click here to read the Way of the Cross Booklet

Click here to download a PDF of the Way of the Cross Booklet

Community

Fish Fries

Fridays through April 1 | 6-7pm in Marist Hall

 

The annual fish fry dinnersare back! The all-you-can-eat menu will include: baked and fried cod, fried catfish, mac & cheese, coleslaw, hush puppies, fries, salad, lemonade, water - and cheese pizza for the picky eaters out there! Doors open at 6pm. 

Cost is $12.50 per person or $35 per family. All you can eat.  (Don't have the cash? A QR code will be available when you arrive so that you can pay onine!)

If you would like to volunteer at the Fish Fry, please email Nick Maddox at maddoxnick1982@gmail.com

 

Due to archdiocese policy, alcohol is not allowed at this event so please, NO BYOB.

 

Lenten Soup Suppers

Thursdays March 17, 24, and 31 from 6-7pm in Marist Hall  

You are invited to a simple, yet delicious, Lenten meal of soup and bread on the following the Thursday evening Masses on March 17, 24, and 31. 


This meal is free, but donations will be accepted to cover costs. Any extra donations will be sent to  the Interfaith Outreach Home.

Please join us after the 5:30pm Mass!

St. Patrick's Day Bingo

Saturday, March 12 from 3-5pm in Moylan Hall.

 

The Parish Life Group and Prime Timers are teaming up to host our annual St. Patrick's Day Bingo. Join us on Saturday, March 12 in Moylan Hall from 3-5pm.

 

Click here to RSVP no later than March 8 to ensure we can provide the best event possible. This event will include snacks and prizes. Hopefully it will be your lucky day! 

Almsgiving and Outreach

Catholic Charities Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is a staple on the table of Catholic families across the country during Lent. This simple cardboard box is a tool for collecting Lenten alms—and comes with a Lenten calendar that guides families through the 40 days of Lent with activities, reflections and stories.

 

Don't want to worry about collecting change or keeping up with the bowl? Our community invites you to join us in our efforts to build a more just and fraternal world through CRS Rice Bowl. We make the most impact when we take action with others, so we’re coming together virtually this Lent.  

Bringing together our Lenten alms as a community this Lent can

help end global hunger and malnutrition. Community giving helps

support families in more than 100 countries get access to enough

nutritious food not only to survive, but to thrive. Whether in-person,

online, or in spirit—our community can come together to pray,

fast, and give through CRS Rice Bowl.  

Use the QR code or Click here to donate online!

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Ukraine Relief - Support Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services, the international relief agency for the Catholic Church, is working closely with Caritas Ukraine, Caritas Moldova, and Caritas Romania to offer aid and comfort to the people of the Ukraine. If you are asking yourself how you can help, a donation to CRS is a great way to get help where it is needed most.

To donate and to learn more about how CRS is responding to the current crisis, please click here: https://www.crs.org/.../ukraine-conflict-facts-and-how-help.

Mercy Care Packages for the Homeless

Is your family or group looking for ways to help the less fortunate? Consider Adopting the Mercy Care Street Medicine Team. In addition to our community builds, we need your help!   Each month Mercy Care's street medicine team provides critical medical and behavioral health care to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters free of charge to those living on the streets. They need 1000 meal kits per month.

 

If your family or group wants to donate snack bags, please contact Victoria Klyza, leader of our Mercy Care Ministry, for details on what items are needed and how to package the bags at victoriaklyza@gmail.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The purpose of this group is to provide confidential and temporary

emergency assistance to those within our parish boundaries in the form

of rent, food, utilities, or medicine. Members make personal visits to assess

and verify needs of clients. Click here to donateor use the QR code  

(scroll down to OLA St. Vincent de Paul option).