InstaLent - photo challenge on Instagram courtesy of Busted Halo!
LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON - Reconciliation Services Schedule - Coming Soon
OLV-OLS 2020 OPPORTUNITIES
STATIONS OF THE CROSS VIDEO REFLECTIONS FOR ALL AGES - OLV - 4:00 every Friday during Lent. 2:00 on Good Friday, April 10th.
NEW THIS YEAR - Nurses "Way of the Cross" for EVERYONE - March 27th 7 pm at OLV (no 4:00 stations that day).
VISIT OUR FAMILY LIFE LENT PAGE HERE! New content will be added throughout the Lenten Season so check back often.
JUST FOR KIDS:
LENT is the premiere time in our Church for reconciliation. All are strongly encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season.
Sacraments 101 - Why we Confess!
Be sure to check out the EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE link above or this Quick "How-to-Confess" from Busted Halo
We will have a COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES at OLV on:
Wednesday, March 25th - 3:00 pm
Wednesday March 25th - 7:00 pm - TRANSFIGURATION Parish
Our Lady of the Snow :
Monday, March 30th at 5:30
Also click here to check out the Leave the Lights on schedule! (Area churches and reconciliation communal and private confession times are listed).
Before taking on a special observance, why not try to root out a particular sin that you may be struggling with at this time. In addition, consider other ways of making this time special, e.g., daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, attending the lecture series each Wednesday at Christ Sun of Justice, (for details of all these community opportunities click on sub-tabs on the Lent/Easter section). Consider daily/weekly family prayer time, a weekly sacrificial meal with the saved proceeds going to Operation Rice Bowl (check out the work of CRS under our Lent/Easter Tab and also under LINKS of Interest tab). Special graces are available to us during these seasons of the Church year. In our observance, we open ourselves to whatever ways God wishes to help us grow as disciples of Jesus.
Not sure what to do for Lent this year? Here is an article from the folks at Busted Halo that may be useful
The guidelines for Lent regarding fast and abstinence are as follows:
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.
Click on image for a reflection on Lenten Fasting