March 1 Ash Wednesday
Return to me with your whole heart.
Reflect on the Works of Mercy as Jesus describes (Matthew 25) and choose one to perform throughout Lent. Today is a day of fast and abstinence.
Masses are at 6:30am, 7:30am, 9:15am (school Mass), 6:30pm at 4:00pm Word Service
Obey the commandments of the Lord your God.
Meditate for 10 minutes today on a scripture passage or your favorite image of God.
Hear the cry of the poor.
Attend Stations of the Cross today at 6pm in church. Think of the dark places in your life. How can you live in the light of Christ’s love.
Rest in God.
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the 8am Mass today. Reflect on how you can be your best in the coming week.
First Sunday of Lent
Rice Bowls available in church today.
Lord, show us how to be holy.
Learn a new prayer today. Share it with your family members. Say it each evening at dinner this week.
Nothing will separate us from the love of God.
Take a media day off. Don’t turn on any electronic devices. Spend the extra time in prayer.
Persist in your Lenten disciplines.
Skip Starbucks today and donate that money to your Rice Bowl Box to support the work of Catholic Relief Services. How else can you live simply during Lent?
Sacrifice for truth; live in commitment to goodness.
Write a note of consolation and hope filled prayer to a homebound parishioner and drop it off at the parish office. Pray for their suffering and loneliness.
Turn away from sin and draw near to the Lord.
Get family and friends together and attend the annual parish fish fry. Pray for the teens working at the fish fry that they may always hear God’s call.
He is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways.
Learn how meditation can make change you for the better. Attend the Morning of Meditation today. Or learn how to meditate on your own and make it part of your prayer life.
Second Sunday of Lent
Fr. Robin Ryan will be speaking at all Masses this weekend and on three Mondays: March 13, 20 and 27 at 7pm.
Send your Spirit into our lives as we seek conversion during Lent.
Pause from action. Carve out 10—15 minutes at Eucharistic Adoration in the Mary Chapel. Think of someone who has hurt you. Take that hurt and let it go.
Let us ease the burdens of those in need.
Clean our your closet and donate clothes you no long wear or items you no longer need to charity.
Let God’s will guide your words and actions.
Fast from critiquing and feast on giving someone praise. Show kindness to all you meet today. Hold a door. Share a smile.
Place your trust in God.
Say a prayer for peace. Look up and read the Catholic Social Teachings. Think about how your daily actions reflect these values.
Use your gifts to serve others.
Pray for our teens on Kairos retreat this weekend. Reflect on how you can mentor or encourage young people in their faith.
Teach us to forgive all who trespass against us.
Pray for the staff and prisoners at Cook County Jail. Bring a few stamps to the parish center for the inmates so they can write to their families.
Third Sunday of Lent
RCIA First Scrutiny at 10:45am Mass
March 20 <br> Solemnity of St. Joseph
Keep our hearts faithful and root our actions in love.
Attend morning Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Ask God’s blessing on all parents. Where can you grow as a parent? As a grateful child?
Lord, make me know your ways; teach me your paths.
Practice forgiveness today.
Obey and teach the commandments.
Practice patience today: driving behind slow drivers, when in line at the grocery, when listening to someone’s story without interrupting.
Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart.
Clean your book shelf. Pick 4 books to give to 4 friends or neighbors.
Lord, redirect us, change us, challenge us.
Attend Taize Prayer at 7pm in church.
March 25 <br> Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Go to Saturday morning Mass with your family. Make a list of five people you love. How can you show love to each of them?
Fourth Sunday of Lent
RCIA Second Scrutiny at the Saturday 5pm Mass
The Lord gives us new life.
Abstain from gossip. Try to say one kind thing to each person you interact with today. Pray, help me to be more like you Jesus.
Take up your mat and walk.
Share your faith in some way at work or school today.
God offers pardon to sinners who do penance; have mercy on those who call upon you.
Pray Psalm 23 -The Good Shepherd
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.
Think first about others. Pray for those on our parish sick list.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
Fast from complaining today and count your blessings. Think of someone you need to thank. Call, write a letter, or stop them at work or school to say thank you. Praise God for all of your gifts.
Heal us and help us to always trust in your will.
Practice unselfish love. .Show each person in your family your love by doing a special act of kindness for them. If you live alone, do something for a neighbor.
Fifth Sunday in Lent
RCIA Third Scrutiny at the 9am Mass today.
Renew us in our baptismal convictions.
Read the 10 commandments. Which are the hardest to keep? How can you turn away from sin? In what ways can you be more loving?
Give us new life in you Lord.
Attend the Parish Reconciliation Service tonight at 7pm in church. What keeps you from being more loving? Beyond the penance you receive, undertake one act of generous love to another.
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Put your spare change in your Rice Bowl for the poor. Go to our website or bulletin and read about the countries that are supported by Catholic Relief Services.
You have created each of us in your image, in beauty and love.
Make a list of all the excesses in your life. Think about which ones you could do without. Be more aware of small sacrifices you can make.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
Say the Lenten Prayer on the Bowl. Return your Rice Bowl to Mass this weekend. At your family evening meal share the ways you have grown closer to the Lord in Lent.
May we have the courage to dwell with God sharing our days and nights with him.
Pray for those receiving the Sacraments of Initiation as they participate in a retreat today.
April 9 <br> Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord
Commit daily to establish justice.
Close your eyes. What is your most valued possession? What brings you the most joy? Can you share it with someone or give it away? Ask what God desires you to fast from so you can be truly free.
In you, O Lord, I take refuge.
Spend time reflecting on one of the articles on spirituality or prayer in the bulletin today. Meditate on a period of suffering in your own life. What do you want to say to God?
Lord, as your holy days approach, transform us ever more into purer disciples.
Take an inventory today of your Lenten journey. How have you grown in your relationship to God and to the Church?
April 13 <br> Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper
Attend Evening Mass at 7:00pm
April 14 <br> Good Friday – The Passion of the Lord
Attend the Passion of the Lord at 3pm or the Living Stations at noon. Today is a day of fasting.
April 15 <br> Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
Attend the Easter Vigil at 7:30pm tonight.
April 16 <br> Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
7:30am, 9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30 pm in church
9:15am and 11am in school multi-purpose room