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. 

 

CLICK HERE for a printable calendar of all Lenten activities.

 

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 in Church Vestibule
  • Forty Hours: 12:00 - 12:30 PM in Parish Offices
    • Monday, March 7th
    • Tuesday, March 8th
  • IGNITE Penance Service: Sunday March 27th at 6:30 PM in Church
  • Holy Week: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Parish Offices; 7:00 - 8:00 PM in Church
    • Monday, April 11th
    • Tuesday, April 12th
    • Wednesday, April 13th

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, April 13th at 7:00 PM.

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
    • March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
    • April 6th
  • FRIDAYS at 7:00 PM
    • March 4th, 11th (Mary's Way of the Cross), 18th (Led by PREP students), 25th
    • April 1st, 8th

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

 

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION

  • Adoration:
    • Sunday, March 6th beginning after the 10:30 AM Mass until 7:30 PM Service
    • Monday, March 7th beginning after the 8:00 AM Mass until 7:30 PM Service
    • Tuesday, March 8th beginning after the 8:00 AM Mass until 7:30 PM Service
    • If you are able to commit to an hour with Jesus so that He is never left alone, CLICK HERE to sign up!
  • Confession:
    • Monday, March 7th: 12:00 - 12:30 PM in the Parish Offices
    • Tuesday, March 8th: 12:00 - 12:30 PM in the Parish Offices
  • Evening Services:
    • Plan to join us each evening at 7:30 for Vespers, Benediction, and a special homily.  Our guest homilist this year is Father Richard K. McFadden, Parochial Vicar at St. Philip Neri Church.
    • 40 Hours services will be livestreamed each evening on our Facebook page, facebook.com/mdpparish.

 

SUNDAYS OF LENT

  • March 13th & 20th beginning at 1:00 PM; March 27th beginning at 11:30 AM
  • April 3rd beginning at 1:00 PM; April 10th beginning at 11:30 AM
  •  Join us each evening for Vespers and Benediction at 4:00 PM.

 

REGULAR TUESDAY ADORATION

  • March 8th (Forty Hours), 15th, 22nd, 29th; April 5th (No Adoration the Tuesday of Holy Week, April 12nd)
  • 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!

 

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.  You can also donate to Operation Rice Bowl through your online Parish Giving account.  These funds will be used to purchase the materials to pack 10,000 meals for the hungry at our Helping Hands event on May 1st.  Click here to learn more about Helping Hands and how you can contribute.

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

MEN'S GROUP

  • Content TBA
  • Monday Mornings from 6:30 - 7:45 AM in the Parish Offices
  • Dates TBA
  • Please contact Deacon Greg to let him know if you're interested.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

  • Monday, March 7th: Join us at 40 Hours for Benediction, Vespers, and Homily at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 8th: Join us for Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE

Join us Thursdays beginning February 3rd as we dive into this incredible study, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible from Ascension Press and Jeff Cavins.  We have two meeting options: 1:00 - 2:30 PM or 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Parish Offices.  Contact Deacon Greg Maskarinec to join us GMaskarinec@mdpparish.comClick here to purchase the study set.

LIFE IS MESSY

Join us as we discuss the new Matthew Kelly book Life is Messy, which was distributed for free to our parishioners at Christmas time.  We have two meeting options: Tuesdays March 8, 15, and 22nd at 1:00 PM in the Parish Offices, and Wednesdays March 9, 16, and 23rd in the Parish Offices.  Contact Deacon Greg Maskarinec to join us: GMaskarinec@mdpparish.com.

 

33 DAYS TO MERCIFUL LOVE

Join us as we journey through 33 Days to Merciful Love, a preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy.  33 Days to Merciful Love is the stirring sequel to the international sensation, 33 Days to Morning Glory. Using the same 33-day preparation format, 33 Days to Merciful Love journeys with one of the most beloved saints of modern times, St. Therese of Lisieux, and concludes with a consecration to Divine Mercy. 

We will meet Wednesdays at 7:30 PM on Zoom beginning on March 23rd to study and prepare together.  We will conclude in time for Divine Mercy Sunday (April 24th).  All are welcome!  Visit Amazon or Shop Mercy to purchase your copy of the book.  Contact Jenna McAndrew for the Zoom link: JMcAndrew@mdpparish.com.

CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP

Our Charismatic Prayer Group meets on Zoom Mondays at 7:30 PM.  Contact Jenna McAndrew for Zoom information: JMcAndrew@mdpparish.comClick here to learn more about Charismatic prayer.

"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 free content of Hallow, the #1 Catholic prayer app.  Visit hallow.com/mdppa to sign up for your account and for a discount on the premium Hallow content.   There is also free basic 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.

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, March 2, 2022, 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.  We encourage you to join us for Forty Hours, Stations of the Cross, and Adoration throughout Lent.

Father Cioppi is asking the whole parish to join together with him in saying the rosary either every day or especially on the Sundays during Lent, either with your family or individually.  Offer this powerful prayer for the conversion of sinners and for the release of poor souls in purgatory.  Let his become our parish Lenten practice this year.  Let us be strengthened in our prayer life and emboldened by our determination to help Christ win souls.  Father Cioppi says, "My prayer for you this Lent, as your spiritual father, is that you strengthen your prayer life individually and within your family and that you grow in your devotion to the Blessed Sacrament."

 

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.  You can also consider donating to our GreenDrop drive for St. Vincent de Paul Society.

 

 

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

 

Palm Sunday, April 10th

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

 

Holy Monday, April 11th

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Parish Offices
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Parish Offices

 

Holy Tuesday, April 12th

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Parish Offices
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • No Adoration or Benediction Today

 

"Spy" Wednesday, April 13th

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Parish Offices
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Last Scheduled opportunity for Confession at MDP before Easter)

 

Holy Thursday, April 14th

  • No Morning Mass; Church closed until 6:30 PM
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:30 PM
  • All-night Visitation (Click here to sign up for an hour)

 

Good Friday, April 15th

  • No Morning Mass
  • Parish Offices Closed
  • Day of Fasting and Abstinence from Meat
  • Church open all day for quiet prayer until 4:00 PM
  • Liturgy of the Lord's Passion:  3:00 PM

 

Holy Saturday, April 16th

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

 

EASTER SUNDAY, April 17th

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

 

The Parish Offices will be closed Friday, April 15th and Monday, April 18th.