Lent

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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 our book discussion or other faith formation opportunities.  Among the works of mercy, of particular interest is our service to the poor through the Rice Bowl and Helping Hands projects. 

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.

Extra times for Confessions have been added for Lent.

  • Wednesday Mornings from 6:30 - 7:30 AM
    • February 26
    • March 4, 11, 18, 25
    • April 1, 8
  • Sunday Mornings from 9:30 - 10:15 AM
    • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    • April 5
  • Holy Week Evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Monday, April 6
    • Tuesday, April 7
    • Wednesday, April 8
  • Saturday Afternoons from 3:00 - 3:45 PM

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. 

 

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

  • WEDNESDAYS at 2:00 PM
    • March 4, 11, 18, 25
    • April 1, 8
  • FRIDAYS at 7:00 PM
    • February 28
    • March 6, 13, 20*, 27
    • April 3
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 at 6:30 PM
    • Living Stations of the Cross presented by our PREP Students

*On March 20, there will be a special presentation of Mary's Way of the Cross by Nancy Server Thompson.

 

FORTY HOURS DEVOTIONS

  • Sunday, March 1; Monday, March 2; Tuesday March 3
  • Spend some time adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during the day.
  • Plan to join us each evening at 7:30 for Vespers and Benediction.  Our guest homilist this year is Fr. Anthony Raymundo, Parochial Vicar at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Warrington, PA.

SUNDAYS OF LENT

  • March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5
  • The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the last Mass/Baptisms
  •  Vespers and Benediction at 4:00.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD

  • Friday, March 20 into Saturday, March 21.
  • The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after Stations of the Cross Friday evening and remain exposed throughout the day Saturday.
  • We need volunteers to keep vigil with Our Lord during this event (especially during the overnight hours).  Sign-up sheets will be in the church in the weeks leading up to this event.

REGULAR TUESDAY ADORATION

  • The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 8:00 Mass
  • Benediction at 6:50 PM.
  • (Note: there is no Adoration on Tuesday of Holy Week (April 7).

Spend time in prayer with Jesus this Lent!

Join Deacon Greg and members of our Adult Faith Formation team in our annual One Parish--One Book discussion.  This year we will be discussing the book Letter to a Suffering Church by Bishop Robert Barron. 

The discussions will take place on Monday evenings (March 9, 16, 23, 30) or Wednesday evenings (March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1) from 6:15 to 7:30 PM. Each night will cover a different chapter of the book.

Please contact Deacon Greg to RSVP or for more information.  Copies of the book were handed out at Christmas and are still available at the entrances to the church.  We are grateful to the MDP Knights of Columbus for sponsoring this initiative and making the books available to our parish family.

On Palm Sunday, April 5, we will have a simple Lenten Supper at 4:30 PM in Providence Hall.

After the dinner, the Xavier Company of New York City will present No Greater Love at 6:00 PM in the church.

(Thanks to the MDP Knights of Columbus for sponsoring the dinner.) 

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

MEN'S GROUP

  • Weekly study using Lenten Gospel Reflections by Bishop Barron.
  • Monday Mornings from 6:45 - 7:55 AM
  • March 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6
  • Please contact Deacon Greg to let him know if you're interested.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

  • "Monthly Monday" Meetings
  • March 9 and April 6, 7:00 PM
  • Contact us for more information.

"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.

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 in the church as well for this initiative.

MDP is proud to participate in the Helping Hands initiative with Catholic Relief Services.  Rice Bowl and Poor Box donations are used to purchase bulk food supplies, with parish volunteers assembling meals which are sent to an impoverished village in Africa.  For more information, contact Rachel Quillen.

(Volunteers packing meals in a prior year.  Photo taken by and courtesy of Carlos Medina.)

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 26, 2020, 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.
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.
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.

Here's the Liturgical Schedule for Holy Week and the Triduum.
NOTE THE DIFFERENT SCHEDULE FOR EASTER SUNDAY!

Palm Sunday, April 5

  • 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: 1:00-4:00 PM
  • Vespers/Benediction: 4:00 PM

Holy Monday, April 6

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Holy Tuesday, April 7

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • No Adoration or Benediction Today

"Spy" Wednesday, April 8

  • Mass: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions:  6:30 - 7:30 AM and 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Last Scheduled opportunity for Confession at MDP before Easter.

Holy Thursday, April 9

  • No Morning Mass; Church closed until 6:30 PM
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:30 PM
  • All-night Adoration

Good Friday, April 10

  • Church open all day for quiet prayer.
  • Liturgy of the Lord's Passion:  3:00 PM

Holy Saturday, April 11

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

EASTER SUNDAY, April 12

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

 

A printable calendar of Lenten activities is available here:  2020 Lent Calendar