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2018 Lenten Challenge + Calendar

Calendar

Weekday Mass: Tuesday-Saturday 8am

Confession: Wednesdays 4-6pm, Saturday 3-4:30pm

Lenten Reconciliation Service: Thursday, March 8, 7pm

  • Guided prayer and opportunity for individual Confession

Lenten Mini-Retreat: Saturday, March 24, 9am to 12 noon

  • Talk on Forgiveness by Fr. William Dillard, Director of Spiritual Formation, Mount Angel Seminary
  • Adoration and Confession

Stations of the Cross: Fridays of Lent, 3pm and 6pm

Lenten Challenge: Pray • Fast • Give

LENT 2018: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”  John 10:10

Lent is a 40-day retreat for the whole church. This is an intentional time for growth, grace, and purification so that our hearts may be re-made after the heart of Jesus.  During this season, we encourage you to:

  1.  Develop a personal plan for praying, fasting and giving during Lent. Take some time to reflect on the concrete ways you might use the three key practices of Lent to grow or improve your relationship with God, others, and material things. Keep it simple and write them down! The “Lenten Promises” cards provided by the Archdiocese can jog your memory and keep you accountable.
  2. Set up a prayer space in your home. It could include an image, a candle, Lenten desert symbols such as rocks or sand, a Bible on a stand, or something else that inspires you to pray.
  3. Read the book 7 Secrets of Confession, by Vinny Flynn, which will be provided by the parish. Make it a goal to read one “secret” each week beginning Ash Wednesday, and you will finish in Holy Week. Each secret only takes about 20 minutes to read.
  4. Start and end your day in prayer. Prayer bookmarks with more detailed instructions are included with the 7 Secrets book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LENTEN VIEWING 

(Available here on FORMED.org; to learn how to set up your complementary account, click here

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, by Augustine Institute. A fantastic complement for Vinny Flynn’s book, this program has all the audio-visual appeal you need to take the way you look at Confession and blow it out of the water. Let God do you a huge favor this Lent and take the time to watch these 9 very dynamic approximately 30-minute sessions. Complementary study guides are available for the first 5 sessions. Get a few friends or family members onboard and make it a Lenten journey together.  Nine sessions may seem like quite the time commitment, but look at it this way:

  • How much time do you generally spend watching TV/Netflix/YouTube, surfing the web or on social media? If you even give up one of these activities for Lent, you would probably save more than enough time for the Forgiven program and reading The Seven Secrets of Confession (each secret only takes about 20 minutes to read).
  • Discovering why and how to get the most out of Confession has the potential to connect you more intimately with God, change your personal life and your marriage and reduce your need for therapy. Seem like time well spent?
  • Not convinced yet? Click here to watch the trailer – you’ll want to sign up for your FORMED account then and there!

For Children:

Watch How to Make a Good Confession, by Augustine Institute (available here on FORMED). This 12-minute video was made for First Reconciliation prep, but the whole family could watch it together for a good review! Also available is an examination of conscience for children that you can download and print (available here on FORMED).

Have a life-changing Lent 2018!

-Sister Bernadette