Many opportunities to pray, learn and celebrate.
Lent is also a time in which we are encouraged to participate in a more intense and fruitful way in the liturgies and devotions of the Church.
Together 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, renewed, and ready to celebrate our Baptism and the Baptism of the newly initiated and together live the Easter Message, that Christ is Alive and is in our midst!
Norms for Fasting and Abstinence: Good Friday, March 30, 2018, are days of fasting and abstinence. Fridays during Lent are also days of abstinence. Fasting is to be observed by all between the ages of 18 and 59. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one's individual needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, although 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, a 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.
Daily Mass: Beginning February 15th and continuing throughout Lent, daily Mass will be celebrated at 8:00am and 12:10pm Monday – Friday, and 8:00am on Saturdays. You may attend Mass with the School Community on Wednesdays at 8:30am.
Evening Prayer: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 When evening approaches and the day is already far spent, evening prayer is celebrated in order that we may give thanks for what has been given to us, or what we have done well, during the day. Beginning on Monday, February 19th and continuing on every Monday during Lent, we will gather together as a parish community to pray an Evening Prayer. Evening Prayer is composed of Psalms, Scripture, Song, and Prayers of Intention. The prayer will begin at 7:00pm and will be celebrated in the Chapel. Afterwards you can join the Salesian Book Club.
Join the Salesian Book Club with Fr. Matt at 9:00am or 7:30pm (following evening prayer). Fr. Matt will lead a book club in the Chapel. We will be reading Authentic Devotion, by Bernard Bangley. It is an adapted version of the Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales. Signup was by Feb 14th - because of a great response, there are no more open spots.
Untold Blessing - A Lenten Study Program: Well-known speaker and author, Bishop Robert Barron, inspiringly lays out 3 intriguing paths to holiness in our video supported Lenten Program. We will examine these 3 paths: Finding God at the Center, Knowing You're a Sinner, and Realizing Your Life Is Not About You. There is much to reflect on for our Lenten Journey. The program will be offered each Tuesday 2/20 to 3/20 from 7- 9pm in St. Joseph Center. Materials include a Study Booklet, $5, and an optional book, The Strangest Way, purchased on Amazon. See more: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVYrm _7v33c This Lent, journey with Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community as we delve into each morning's Gospel to grow closer to Christ, as He makes His way to the Cross. Sign up to have daily meditations delivered to your inbox, and follow Bishop Barron on Instagram (@BishopBarron) for beautiful inspirational images to keep your heart and mind focused in this penitential season. http://www.lentreflections.com/
The Light is On Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrated February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 6:30 – 8:00pm. In addition to confession, Adoration will be held in the Chapel.
"The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel." –Pope Francis 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 during Lent.
Stations of the Cross: A Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us. Stations of the Cross will be held at 2:15pm with OLGC School and 7:30pm on the Fridays of Lent
Community Fish Fry: Join us in DeSales Hall between 4-7pm every Friday during Lent for our 2nd Annual Lenten Fish Fry, featuring fresh homemade menu options for the whole family followed by Stations of the Cross in the church.
As we begin Lent, we keep the end in mind. At the end of these forty days is the great celebration of Easter.