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Lenten Opportunities
Lenten Opportunities

A Time for Renewal

The Season of Lent

Brochures with the full schedule of opportunities this Lent to enter more fully into our renewal, both as individuals and as a Community have been mailed to every parish family. Additional brochures, in both Spanish and English, along with other Lenten materials are available in the book racks as you enter the church or click here to download english or espaƱol.

Daily Masses: March 7th - April 17th

8:30 am and 12:10 pm Monday - Friday

8:30 am on Saturdays in the Chapel

Parish Lenten Retreat

March 11, 18, 25 April 1, and 8 at 7 pm in the Church

This year we will journey on the Mondays of Lent as we gather for evening prayer focusing on a different Lenten theme each night. The theme will be fleshed out through an extended reflection as part of our prayer time together. Each evening different parishioners and the Oblates will lead us as we journey together.

Lenten Fish Fry

March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 and 12 from 4 - 7 pm in DeSales Hall

Join us for our Annual Lenten Fish Fry, for food, fun and fellowship, featuring fresh homemade menu options for the whole family!

Stations of the Cross

March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 and 12 at 2:15 pm and 7 pm in the Church

The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully at each station and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us.

Salesian Book Club

March 17, 31, April 7, and 14 from 3 - 4 pm in DeSales Hall
(dates are different than physical brochure)

Fr. Matt will lead us in reflections every other week about the book Live Today Well by Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS. Following St. Francis's plan and by practicing little virtues you start moving towards becoming the saint you are called by God to be. Sign up by March 6th.

The Light is On

March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Chapel

Welcome! Our doors are open and the light is on. The Light is On is an initiative where churches across the DC metro area are open for quiet prayer and Confession every Wednesday evening during Lent. In addition to confession, Adoration will be held in the Chapel.

Live Jesus!

March 30th 9 am - 12:30 pm at St. John Neumann, Reston

Join us for a Lenten morning of spiritual reflection using the practical approach and guidance of Salesian Spirituality, through the teachings of St. Francis DeSales from two different perspectives. Continental Breakfast at 8 am. Registration is required. Visit

Joint Parish Reconciliation Service

April 10th at 7 pm in the Chapel

Let us celebrate the Season of Lent in the best possible way, so that we may participate in it with ever greater spiritual advantage. Let the great Solemnity of Easter find us reconciled and renewed.

Norms for Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and Good Friday, April 19, 2019, are days of fasting and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed. Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, Church law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the Parish Priest should be consulted. Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and Catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Initiation into the Church or the renewal of Baptismal Promises at Easter.