A WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR – LENT!
Lent is 6 week long retreat for us as individuals and as a Church. It is an opportunity to come closer to God through acts of prayer, self-sacrifice and forgiveness. Lent is a time to draw closer to Christ as walk with him on his journey to the Last Supper, the Cross, the Burial and Resurrection. It is truly a wonderful time of the year to grow closer to our Savior!
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES AT ST. ELIZABETH’S
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. At Masses this day we receive ashes on our foreheads as a reminder that we need to allow sin in our lives to die, decay and turn to ashes during Lent. The ashes also remind us that our lives on earth will not last forever. Someday our physical bodies will die and we will walk through the doors of death to eternal life. Lent is a powerful time to prepare for that final journey. Ash Wednesday Mass schedule is: 8:00am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm and 7:00pm.
During Lent we will have daily Mass on Monday at 5:15pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 8:00am. Daily Mass only lasts about 20 minutes, but is a wonderful time to hear Lenten bible readings, reflect on them, pray about them, and receive the Eucharist. Trying to attend daily Mass at least once a week during the season of Lent is a good way to commit ourselves to more prayer time during Lent.
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday evening during Lent at 6:00pm we gather in the church to pray the Stations of the Cross. This prayer allows us to reflect on the last moments of Jesus life on earth and what he was willing to suffer out of love for us. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and remember that Christ died for all of us. Stations of Cross is followed by a simple Lenten meal in our parish hall.
Abstinence from Meat
On Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent it is tradition to abstain from meat. This simple act of penance is a small reminder of the suffering of Christ. It also reminds us that there are many people in the world who do not have the luxury of eating meat on a regular basis. This simple Lenten tradition unites us with the suffering of Christ and the suffering of the poor.
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday we are also asked to Fast. This means only eating one regular sized meal and two smaller meals when put together might come close to a regular sized meal. Fasting is another powerful way of uniting us to the suffering Christ and the suffering of the poor. Even though everyone is invited to participate in this, all Catholics between ages of 18 and 60 are asked to follow this fast.
Confessions will be heard every Wednesday evening at St. Elizabeth’s from 5:15pm-5:45pm. We will have Communal Confessions: Sunday, April 2 at 3:00pm at Sacred Heart Parish. Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Parish, and Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00pm at St. Elizabeth’s Parish.
Catholic Relief Services asks us to join in their efforts to feed the poor and starving of the world. Rice Bowls can be picked up in our Mezzanine area. Every day we then refrain from consuming a particular food item (a dessert, a can of pop, a cup of coffee, a candy bar, etc.) and then place in the rice bowl the money we would have spent on that item. On Holy Thursday, we will collect the Rice Bowls and send the money to Catholic Relief Services to help feed those in our world who are starving.
Lenten Silent Retreat
On Saturday, April 8th from 9:00-11:00am we will have a short Lenten Silent Retreat. During this time will focus on the Passion of Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. This two hour retreat is a way for us to pause and have personal reflection time on the passion of our Savior. A great way to enter into Holy Week!
April 8/9 we will have Masses for Palm Sunday to remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. April 13 we will celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper at 7:00pm. Good Friday services are at 12:10 and 7:00pm. Easter Vigil Mass is Saturday, April 15 at 8:00pm. Easter Morning Masses are at 8:30 and 10:30am.
Other Lenten Activity Ideas
1) Personally read the bible readings from daily Mass. To find them go to your search engine on the internet and type in: Daily Readings – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
2) Pick one of the gospels and read a chapter every day during Lent.
3) Read a spiritual book during Lent…there are many great spiritual authors to choose from!
4) Do an act of kindness for someone every day. If possible do this act without them knowing it was you who did it.
5) Spend an extra 5 minutes every day in prayer. Use the prayer form you have enjoyed using in the past or try a new way to pray.
6) As a family, do an act of service every week for someone you know.
7) Write a letter to someone in your past who helped you grow spiritually.
8) Sign up for a Lenten Guide by going to BestLentEver.com on the internet.
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Many Classes are recorded and linked to our web site. If you would like to watch any of these educational videos, please click on Religious Education, then click on Adult Faith Formation.
As you know, Pope Francis has called us to a Year of Mercy... We all need mercy at different times in our lives and we all have an obligation to give our mercy to others. It is central to living the life God calls us to. Our Parish Life Commission and Women’s Group have made it possible to purchase 500 copies of the book Beautiful Mercy by twenty-four incredible authors, (including Pope Francis) who witness to the power of God’s mercy, provide simple practical tips on how to be an instrument of that mercy, and bring hope to anyone searching for deeper meaning in life. By focusing on the seven spiritual and seven corporal works of mercy, Beautiful Mercy provides an encounter with the heart of God. St. Elizabeth’s parish invites you to rediscover God’s unconditional love so you can share it with others now and always. Please pick up your copy of Beautiful Mercy in the mezzanine area following Masses beginning Easter weekend. God Bless You!
All those who minister to children or young people are to be educated about the nature of child sexual abuse, how it is perpetrated, how to report it, and strategies for prevention. The Diocese of Salina has implemented a training program by the name of “VIRTUS”. VIRTUS is a national program, widely in use in dioceses throughout the United States. It is a web-based on-line training program that specializes in helping churches and religious organizations create safe environments for children and youth. The program is mandatory for all adults [employees or volunteers] who interact on a regular basis with children in the Salina Diocese. To learn more or begin training, CLICK HERE.