LENT 2024 – Lenten Reconciliation Liturgy | Stations of the Cross | Day of Reflection
Lent 2024 Schedule
Stations of the Cross will take place every Friday evening during Lent, beginning on Friday, February 16th.
6:30 PM ENGLISH 7:15 PM SPANISH
February 16th –Outdoor Stations – Lenten Fish Fry
February 23rd – Outdoor Stations – Everyone’s Way of the Cross
March 1st – Live Stations of the Cross presented by our Youth Ministry in the PLC. No Separate organized stations.
March 8 – Outdoor Stations – Lenten Fish Fry
March 15 – Outdoor Stations – St. Joseph’s Way of the Cross
March 22 – Outdoor Stations – Mary’s Way of the Cross
March 29th (Good Friday) – Spanish Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) – Hispanic Ministry. (Spanish) No English stations on this day
VIA CRUCIS- El Camino de la Cruz
Acompáñanos a vivir la pasión de nuestro Señor Jesucristo que se llevara a cabo el día viernes, 29 de marzo a partir de las 6 PM en el jardín de nuestra parroquia.
The Via Crucis devotion (Way of the Cross) has been practiced by Roman Catholics for many centuries. It commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ through the reading of prayers along a path of 14 stations. The tradition of chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in medieval times.
Please join us on Good Friday, March 29th at 6 PM on the parish grounds as this prayer devotion comes to life! All are encouraged to participate in this beautiful event.
Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church throughout the world. Similarly, the 150 Hail Marys that were recited for the rosary were an adaptation of the medieval monastic practice of reciting the 150 psalms in the Psalter. (USCCB)
Youth Ministry Living Stations of the Cross
On Friday, March 1st at 7 PM you are invited to Living Stations of the Cross. This prayerful reflection is proudly produced and directed by teens in our high school youth ministry program. Please come join us!
If you are not able to join us to pray the Stations of the Cross, we encourage you to still pray The Stations of the Cross with your family at home, as remember how Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins and we prepare His resurrection. Just click below to pray along with Fr. Josh and Fr. Glenn.
Las 7 Palabras de Jesús
Escucha, y reflexiona… Las 7 Palabras de Jesús, y descubre la Misericordia del Padre. Miercoles, 27 de marzo a las 7 p.m. en el Centro de Vida Parroquial. (en Espanol)
Listen, and reflect…. The Last 7 Words of Jesus, and discover the Father’s Mercy. Wednesday, March 27th at 7 pm in the Parish Life Center. (in Spanish)
When Jesus was on the cross, he spoke seven phrases of great meaning for those who contemplate his passion and death. Today, we recall his Seven Last Words, which have been widely used in sermons in observance of Good Friday. The tradition began in the 17th century by a Jesuit priest in Peru named Francisco Del Castillo. He developed a meditation service based on the last words of Jesus and the devotion spread around the world. The last words of Jesus, as they appear in the Gospel, became part of the church’s Lenten tradition. These often include music, prayers or reflections.
Cuando Jesús estaba en la cruz, pronunció siete frases de gran significado para aquellos que contemplan su pasión y muerte. Hoy, recordamos sus Últimas Siete Palabras, las cuales han sido muy usadas en los sermones de Viernes Santo. La tradición comenzó en el siglo XVII por un Sacerdote Jesuita en Perú, de nombre Francisco Del Castillo. Él, desarrolló un servicio de meditaciones basado en las últimas palabras de Jesús y en la devoción se difundío alrededor del mundo. Las últimas palabras de Jesús, tal como aparecen en el Evangelio, se volvieron parte de la tradición cuaresmal de la iglesia. Estas, a menudo, incluye música, rezos o reflexiones.
Lenten Resources to help you on your faith journey
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In 1 Peter 1:16, we’re reminded of our call to holiness. You shall be holy, for I am holy. But what is
In Scott Hahn’s newest Bible study, watch as he traces the meaning of holiness from its origins in Scripture to its appearance in our own lives today. In twelve beautifully produced lessons, this study explores the Scriptural encounters with the Divine – the burning bush, the ark of the covenant, the burning coal, and more! As our fear and trembling turns to awe and wonder, you’ll come to a new appreciation of our sharing in the divine life. To learn more about this exciting new study go to stpaulcenter.com/holystudy
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday opens the season of Lent. It takes place 40 days before Easter commemorating the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert. These 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter do not include Sundays which are solemnities. The ashes received on Ash Wednesday symbolize the dust from which God made us and remind us of penance and renewal.
Where do the ashes come from?
The ashes used on Ash Wednesday come from the blessed palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, the people rejoiced at Jesus’ triumphant entrance to Jerusalem, waving palm fronds. They didn’t realize that he was coming to die for their sins. Using the palms from Palm Sunday reminds us that while we rejoice in and anticipate his coming, we also need to repent for the sins from which he died to save us.
Why do I have to give something up for Lent?
Giving something up for Lent is simply one way to rekindle our soul and reconnect with God. By making a Lenten sacrifice, we are connecting ourselves to the sacrifice that Christ made for us. Aside from giving something up, other practices can be done to bring us closer to Christ and rejuvenate our spirit:
• praying the Stations of the Cross
• praying the Rosary
• making a good confession
• offer forgiveness and prayer
• disconnecting from social media or television
• reading the Bible
• performing the Works of Mercy
The call to Lenten penance is a call to conversion—to a change of heart. It is that change of heart which best prepares us to celebrate the Easter mysteries. This shared season of repentance also points out that we are not alone. We are part of a family of faith and have many companions on our journey to Easter. As we embark on this journey together towards Christ’s resurrection, may we look into our hearts and humbly repent and return to God’s love.
Did we forget the Alleluia!?
Nope! We did not forget the Alleluia! You may notice a few differences at Mass this weekend and throughout Lent. These differences are laid out in the Roman Missal, which provides the rubrics for all Masses we celebrate. During Lent, a few of the things you will notice include more solemn and simpler musical selections. There will be no sung Gloria until Holy Thursday and no sung Alleluia until the Easter Vigil. Our liturgical environment will also look different as we use the following elements for the season:
• The color purple announces the season of preparation. Although it signifies pain and suffering of the crucifixion, it is also associated with royalty.
• Burlap fabric is a rough material that is used, representing sackcloth. The Hebrews wore sackcloth as a sign of mourning or repentance.
• Rocks and twigs will be used to remind us of the desert where Jesus fasted and prayed.
• Empty pots and vases symbolize the emptiness we feel without Christ.
All of these differences invite us into a quieter space, allowing for a deeper reflection on the season of Lent, drawing us closer to Christ’s suffering, death, and joyous Resurrection.