Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The season of Lent is a time to take a close look at who we are inside. It is a time to grow in holiness through prayer, making sacrifices and offering them to God, and giving of ourselves to others. Often times, we hear these things described as prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Every Ash Wednesday, Catholics across the world hear the same Gospel from St. Matthew. It is a story of two kinds of people – those who do acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in private and those who do it in public. Jesus corrects those who do them in public because it defeats their purpose. God sees everything we do. He knows every sacrifice we make for Him, and He appreciates our efforts. As we go through Lent, we should concentrate on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. When we give our ourselves, we give to God.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church is offering a number of activities and events to help strengthen our faith community during the Lenten season. These include:
- Daily Morning Masses – Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m.
- Lenten Movies – Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
- Stations of the Cross – Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
- Parish Lenten Mission – March 5th, 7th and 8th at 7:00 p.m.
- Seafood Dinner – Friday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m.
- Fish Fry – Friday, March 22nd and Friday, March 29th at 5:00 p.m.
- Penance Service – Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m.
- Seder Meal – Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m.
To assist our families with their Lenten journey, we would like to offer the following resources:
- Growing in Faith Lenten Calendar
- How to Do Lent Based on the Ages of Your Kids
- Strong Catholic Family Faith – Lent
- USCCB Questions and Answers about Lent and Lenten Practices
We would also like to provide you with the following 3-Minute video explaining Lent: