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 on 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 : 8am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm, and 7pm.
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 and Lenten Meal
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.
Lenten Retreat at St. E's
On the first Saturday of Lent, February 17, from 9-11 a.m., Fr. Keith will lead a mini retreat on Ways to Pray. He will explain 9 different ways to pray and allow a brief time for you to "try" that form of prayer. This retreat will be a great way to start Lent! Everyone is welcome to attend.
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, March 35 at 3:30pm at Sacred Heart Parish. Monday, March 26 at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Parish, and Wednesday, March 28 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 Classes at St. E's
Class on Popes: They Weren't All Perfect!
On Thursday, Feb 15th from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Elizabeth's Parish Hall, Fr. Keith will teach a class on some of our popes of history. Most of the popes of our history were good and holy men, but there were some who certainly allowed their faults to be seen by many. Still, God was able to work through them all to help form and shape our Church! All adults of high school age and older are welcome to attend this class.
Class on Sinners in the Bible
On Thursday, Feb 22 from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Elizabeth's Parish Hall, Fr. Keith will teach a class on some of the more well known sinners in the Bible, but how they were still able to do great things for God. All adults of high school age and older are welcome to attend this class.
Class on Why We Go To Confession
On Thursday, March 1 from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Elizabeth's Parish Hall, Fr. Keith will teach a class on why we as Catholics go to the Sacrament of Confession. We will discuss how Jesus passed this part of his ministry on the apostles and to the Church. He will also talk about how to receive this Sacrament. All adults of high school age and older are welcome to attend this class.
Young Adult (18-35) Lenten Day Retreat -
"Encountering Christ: A Journey of Hope"
Lenten Apologetics Program
Apologetics not your bag? Perhaps a brown-bag lunch during Lent will entice you to reconsider! Bring your lunch (and your Bible) and join us as we explore Catholicism's defense to common Protestant objections. Weekly sessions during Lent begin on Wednesday, Feb 21, from Noon to 1:00pm in the St. Mary Parish Hall. Come and go as your schedule allows. This could be a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the Catholic faith this Lenten Season. For more information contact Rob Riordan at 785-643-2138.
The city-wide parish mission this year is the parish priests of Salina giving talks on Sunday afternoons 3-4pm in the Cathedral. The dates, speakers, and topics are as follows:
Feb 25 - Fr. Kevin Weber - Overview of Sacraments
Mar 4 - Fr. Nick Parker - Sacrament of Baptism
Mar 11 - Fr. Luke Thielen - Sacrament of Confirmation
Mar 18 - Fr. Keith Weber - Sacrament of Eucharist
Mar 25 - Fr. Justin Palmer - Sacrament of Confession (This talk will be for 30 minutes. The Communal Confession Service will begin at 3:30pm.)
One Body, One Spirit, One Eucharist Retreat
Salina's Catholic Daughters of the America's Lenten Retreat with 3 dynamic professionals explaining how the Eucharist can give us the graces we need in life's journey. Catherine DiNuzzo, LPC, Beloit: Our emotional health matters to God so He give us His Body. Dr. Christina Joy Mackie, Naturopath / Acupuncturist, Wichita: Learning how to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist to grow as One Body in Christ. Dr. Amy Hogan, CFCMC, Salina: How the Theology of the Body and the Eucharist draws us to be One with Christ. March 3, 9:00am-3:00pm, at St. Mary's Parish Hall. $25, $10 for men, college & teens. An important topic for everyone desiring to understand True Happiness in life! RSVP by Feb 28 by calling 785-342-0130.
March 24/25 we will have Masses for Palm Sunday to remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. March 29 we will celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper at 7:00pm with Adoration until 10pm. Good Friday (March 30) services are at 12:10 and 7:00pm. Easter Vigil Mass is Saturday, March 31 at 8:00pm. Easter Morning (April 1) Masses are at 8:30 and 10:30am.
Lenten Prayer Books
A special thank you to all who shared their special prayers with the parish. There are copies of the booklet available in the mezzanine area of the church. Feel free to pick one up and take it home. From your Parish Pastoral Council
Lenten Reflection Materials
There are two booklets in the mezzanine area that will help you deepen your prayer and reflection time during Lent. Please take one or both of these to help you on your Lenten journey this year.
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.
Heavenly Father, you have blessed our diocese time and again with good and holy bishops who have led us ever closer to you. Aware of your profound love for us, we ask you to bless us once again. Send us a good and holy man to become our next bishop. Inspire us, the clergy, religious and laity of the diocese to work generously with him so that we might grow together in your love and continue the good work you have begun in us for the sake of all. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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For St. Elizabeth’s USE #10408 or
For Salina CYO USE #38788
in the search box to find your chosen organization. Every qualifying purchase that you make using your Plus Shoppers Card will then benefit St. Elizabeth’s or Salina CYO!
Catholic Schools - We are blessed to have high quality Catholic Schools in Salina. To find out more about our Catholic grade school, please call 827-4200. To find out more about our Catholic Junior High and High School please call 827-4422.
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 "CMGConnect". This is a national program, widely in used 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.
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.