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Lenten Opportunities Edit 2021

Lenten Devotions at Church

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent - 12:15 pm (live streamed)

Good Friday - 2:00 pm (live streamed)

 

 

Communal Penance Service

At OLS Monday, March 22nd - 5:30 pm

At OLV Wednesday, March 24th - 3:00 pm

*There will be an extra opportunity for Communal Penance at Transfiguration Parish on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confession is offered in at OLV in the confessional every Saturday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm before the Saturday Vigil Mass begins.  Other opportunities are offered any time by appointment by contacting our by email or calling the office at 518-273-7602. 

Email Father Patterson : [email protected]

Email Father Bellafiore : [email protected]

Lent is an excellent season to go to confession and is encouraged as often during the season as you can!  Below is an Examination of Conscience before you proceed to Confession.

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

 

Busted Halo offers a short video on Penance (why we confess our sins) below

Christ Sun of Justice Lenten Speaker Series

At Christ Sun of Justice Parish where we Pastorally provide Sacramental support a Virtual and Live Streamed speaker series will be offered during the Lenten Season on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm immediately following the evening Mass at 7:00 pm


WHAT IS IT TO BE CHURCH
UNIVERSITY PARISH OF CHRIST SUN OF JUSTICE AT
THE CHAPEL + CULTURAL CENTER
2125 BURDETT AVENUE, TROY, NEW YORK 12180

      • Wednesday, 24 February 2021
        Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS
      • Wednesday, 3 March 2021
        Fr. John O’Grady
      • Wednesday, 10 MARCH 2021
        Fr. James Loughran, SA
      • Wednesday, 17 March 2021
         Fr. John Downie, Romanian Orthodox
      • Wednesday, 24 March 2021
         Sr. Eileen McCann, CSJ

To participate virtually please download the .pdf for a QR code

 

 


Preparing for and Practicing Lent

The guidelines for Lent:

"'Repent and believe in the gospel.' These words, accompanied by the tracing of a cross on our foreheads, mark the beginning of Lent, a season of reflection, repentance and renewal as we turn away from sin in our lives and turn toward our Lord. Throughout these 40 days, we are asked to assess where we are in our relationship with our Lord and to observe practices that help us strengthen that relationship.

We are asked to seek our Lord in prayer, to practice self-control through fasting and to serve others through almsgiving (USCCB). While Catholics join together in fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstaining from meat on the Fridays during Lent, each person is invited to consider how our Lord is inviting him or her to walk with Him through Lent." (Albany Diocese)

Prayer is offered in a number of ways during the Lenten season whether privately, through group efforts or by participating in Stations of the Cross.

Fasting 

A Reflection on Lenten Fasting

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. As a sign of our penance, we preserve for the Diocese of Albany the custom of abstinence from meat on Fridays of Lent. Abstinence binds all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. Fast binds all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten. Traditionally, fasting calls for only one full meal per day. By retaining these traditions for our Diocese we do not intend that they be interpreted as laws binding under pain of sin, but as customs from which we will not hold ourselves lightly excused. They are expressions of our desire to be converted in our hearts, to be reconciled with each other, and to love our neighbor.

Almsgiving is an act of giving alms which can be actual goods to help the poor by way of donations, food, and clothing; acts of service of our time to help those in need or monetary donations to places like food pantries, shelters, Catholic Charities and even the parish.  The Giving of our time, possession and monetary goods becomes an act of love.

 

 

 


Devotional Opportunities

Best Lent Ever

Dynamic Catholic's email program with inspirational videos, reflections and more!  You can sign up for free at the link below:

BEST LENT EVER Sign up

Video reflections from the Best Lent Ever program can be found here: All Reflections | Best Lent Ever 2021

 

Lent - stagram

Our Youth Ministry Families have received their booklets and calendars to join in the Lent-stagram Devotional with inpiring Lenten stories and reflections.

 

 

OLV-OLS Family Life Site

A page filled with liturgical prayers, reflections and much more curated by our Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, Vici Armsby.

LITURGICAL SEASON PRAYERS, RETREATS, VIDEOS and more for ADULTS and FAMILIES

 

JUST FOR KIDS:

Holy Heros offers many free worksheets and activities for children to participate in the seasons of the Church!  

HOLY HEROS LENTEN ADVENTURE

 

More Devotionals provided by our Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, Vici Armsby.

LENTEN CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES, SONGS AND MORE