Lent

Make the most of this sacred season, marked by prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Our parish has many opportunities for increased prayer during these 40 days, especially the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  “Fast” from some recreational pursuits and use the time to grow in your faith with a small group or other faith formation opportunities.  Among the works of mercy, of particular interest is our service to the poor through Operation Rice Bowl. 

 

A printable calendar of Lenten activities is available here.

 

Here’s everything you need to celebrate this important season well with your parish family.  We hope you’ll take advantage of all we have to offer.

 

  • Saturday Afternoons from 3:00 - 3:45 PM
  • Palm Sunday, March 28th 9:30 - 10:15 AM
  • Holy Week Evenings 7:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Monday, March 29th
    • Tuesday, March 30th
    • Wednesday, March 31st

Take advantage of these extra times to experience God's mercy in the sacrament. Also, tell your neighbors and co-workers about the extra times we have available!  Please note that there are no scheduled confessions on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday.  The final opportunity to go to Confession before Easter is on Wednesday, March 31st.

Visit our Reconciliation page by clicking here for information about making an Examination of Conscience, a Guide to Confession, and more information.

 

Join us as we meditate on the Stations of the Cross.

  • WEDNESDAYS at 2:00 PM
    • February 24th
    • March 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
  • FRIDAYS at 7:00 PM
    • February 19th and 26th
    • March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

Visit mdpparish.com/stations for an online/printable version of The Way of the Cross that you can use for Stations.  Stations will also be livestreamed to our Facebook page, facebook.com/mdpparish.

 

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION

  • Sunday, February 21st beginning after the 10:30 AM Mass; Monday February 22nd beginning after the 8:00 AM Mass; Tuesday February 23rd beginning after the 8:00 AM Mass
  • Spend some time adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during the day.  If you are able to commit to an hour with Jesus so that He is never left alone, please sign up here.
  • Plan to join us each evening at 7:30 for Vespers, Benediction, and a special homily.  Our guest homilist this year is Father August A. Taglianetti, Parochial Vicar at St. Pius X Parish.
  • 40 Hours will be livestreamed each evening beginning at 7:00 PM on our Facebook page, facebook.com/mdpparish.

 

SUNDAYS OF LENT

  • February 28th
  • March 7th, 14th, 21st**, and 28th
  • The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 10:30 AM Mass, unless noted by **, which indicates that Adoration will begin at the conclusion of a private Baptism at 12:00 PM.
  •  Join us each evening for Vespers and Benediction at 4:00 PM.

 

REGULAR TUESDAY ADORATION

  • March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd (No Adoration the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 30th)
  • The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 8:00 Mass 
  • Join us for Benediction at 6:50 PM.

Spend time in prayer with Jesus this Lent!

Join us for a 4-week series given by our parishioner, Dr. Luca Cottini, on Virtues.  This series will happen exclusively on Zoom.

  • Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:30 PM: Presentation on the Theological Virtues led by Dr. Cottini
  • Tuesday, March 9th at 7:30 PM: Discussion on the Theological Virtues led by Deacon Greg Maskarinec
  • Tuesday, March 16th at 7:30 PM: Presentation on the Cardinal Virtues led by Dr. Cottini
  • Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM: Discussion on the Cardinal Virtues led by Deacon Greg Maskarinec

Click here to join the Zoom call.

Learn more about your faith this Lent.  Our Adult Faith Formation team suggests the following:

MEN'S GROUP

  • Weekly study on The School of Nazareth from formed.org.
  • Virtually Monday Mornings from 6:30 - 7:45 AM
  • February 22; March 1, 8, 15, and 22
  • Please contact Deacon Greg to let him know if you're interested.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

  • Monday, February 22nd: Join us at 40 Hours for Benediction, Vespers, and Homily at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, March 26th: Join us for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM

BIBLE STUDY SMALL GROUPS

  • We have small groups meeting various times throughout the week in the evenings.  Contact Deacon Greg Maskarinec to get plugged into the group that is right for you!

DAILY FAMILY ROSARY

Join us weekdays at 12 noon on Zoom and pray the rosary together as a parish community.  Click here to join the Zoom call.

 

 

 

 

 

THEOLOGY THURSDAYS

Join us every Thursday at 3:00 PM on our Facebook page, facebook.com/mdpparish.com, to learn about a different theological topic!

 

 

 

 

 

"BEST LENT EVER" PROGRAM

"Don't give up Chocolate for Lent."  Check out Dynamic Catholic for ideas on how to make it the Best Lent Ever!

FORMED.ORG

  • On-demand videos and podcasts covering a host of topics.  We like to call it "Catholic Netflix."  It's free for parishioners of MDP.
  • Visit www.mdpparish.formed.org to sign-up.

HALLOW

All MDP parishioners have access to the premium content of Hallow, the #1 Catholic prayer app, through Easter.  Visit hallow.com/mdppa to sign up for your account.  Be sure to sign up on your computer before downloading the Hallow app.  No credit card is required to sign up.  After Easter, you can choose to begin paying for the premium content, or your app will default to the basic version of the app, which still provides plenty of excellent content.

LITTLE BLACK BOOKS

Little Black Books are available for $1 in the church lobby as well as at the Parish Offices.  This is a daily devotional that accompanies you through Lent in preparation for Easter.

FOCUS BIBLE STUDY

The Catholic organization FOCUS is offering a free 12-week Bible Study on Monday nights at 8:00 PM, from February 22-May 10.  Click here to sign up for more information.

Poor box contributions during Lent will be used to support Operation Rice Bowl, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services to provide food for the poor locally and abroad.  Rice bowls are available at the church entrances as well.  These bowls will be collected after Easter.  You can also donate to Operation Rice Bowl through your online Parish Giving account.

The three major things that the Church asks of us throughout Lent are to pray, give alms, and fast.

 

FASTING

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are
fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021, as well as on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light (the two meals combined should not be bigger than the regular full meal).

 

PRAYER
All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy
Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual
reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten
devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is
especially recommended.

 

ALMSGIVING
All are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl which has aided countless hungry
persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.

 

Additional information can be found at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In order to ensure social distancing, seating in church will be quite limited.  We encourage everyone to arrive no later than 20 minutes before the start of all services/Masses.

 

Palm Sunday, March 28th

  • Masses: 4:00 PM Saturday, 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM Sunday
  • Palm will be blessed and distributed at all Masses
  • Confessions: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Vespers/Benediction: 4:00 PM

 

Holy Monday, March 29th

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Daily Family Rosary on Zoom: 12:00 PM
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Holy Tuesday, March 30th

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Daily Family Rosary on Zoom: 12:00 PM
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • No Adoration or Benediction Today

 

"Spy" Wednesday, March 31st

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Daily Family Rosary on Zoom: 12:00 PM
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Last Scheduled opportunity for Confession at MDP before Easter)

 

Holy Thursday, April 1st

  • No Morning Mass; Church closed until 6:30 PM
  • Daily Family Rosary on Zoom: 12:00 PM
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:30 PM
  • All-night Adoration

 

Good Friday, April 2nd

  • No Morning Mass
  • Parish Offices Closed
  • Day of Fasting and Abstinence from Meat
  • Church open all day for quiet prayer
  • Liturgy of the Lord's Passion:  3:00 PM

 

Holy Saturday, April 3rd

  • Morning Prayer and Blessing of Food: 8:00 AM
  • Easter Vigil:  8:00 PM
  • (There is no 4PM Mass!)

 

EASTER SUNDAY, April 4th

  • SPECIAL MASS SCHEDULE: Masses at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:30 AM

Join us in preparing for a Consecration to Saint Joseph!  The 33-day preparation begins on Tuesday, March 30th.  The consecration will occur on Saturday, May 1st, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.  If you would like to participate, please purchase the book shown above.

We will post daily videos to our Facebook page which will provide the day's preparation reading and a reflection.

Additionally, there will be small groups that meet to discuss the book.  Sign up and learn more at mdpparish.com/joseph.