Lenten Practices at St. Margaret Mary


Lenten Practices

Encountering Jesus in Prayer and Liturgy: Prayer

The Practice of Prayer...
  • Lifts our hearts and mind to God
  • Leads us to that space within where God dwells in each of us
  • Helps us recall our core identities as beloved children of God
  • Invites us to speak our deepest desires to God
  • Nourishes us for our life and work in the world
  • Becomes a way to experience intimacy with God and opens us to greater intimacy in all our relationships
We invite you to pray with us at ...
  • Sunday liturgies: 5:00 PM Saturday, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM Sundays
  • Fridays: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 5:00-7:20 PM, Stations of the Cross 7:30 PM (except March 15, and March 29 Healing Mass).
  • The Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service, Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 PM
  • Holy Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 PM, Good Friday, April 19 at 3:00 and 7:30 PM, Easter Vigil, April 20 at 8:00 PM
Practice Praying by...
  • Pick a different person each day for whom to pray (healing, thanksgiving, acceptance, etc.)
  • Fill in Prayer Intention card each week at Mass; will be in offering
  • Lenten Jar: write the names of people you need to forgive, for past hurts, on slips of paper. Place them in the jar; mix them up; everyday, pull 1 slip out of the jar, and pray for forgiveness for this person
  • Set aside a time each day to spend 10-15 minutes in quiet prayer, scripture reflection, etc.
  • Spend 10 minutes each evening reflecting on your past day and how you saw or missed the presence of Jesus

Making Room For Jesus To Enflame our Hearts: Fasting

The Practice of Fasting...
  • Heightens our awareness of hunger and poverty in the world
  • Encourages us to examine our relationship with food
  • Helps loosen our attachments to habits and behaviors that inhibit our growth
  • Creates ““space” in our lives for deepening our relationship with God and neighbor
  • Prepares us to accept the risks and discipline necessary for change and growth
The Lenten Fast
  • Catholics 14 years and older abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent
  • Catholics who are 18 but not yet 60 years of age, in addition to abstaining from meat, fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are fasting may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals may be take to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but we refrain from eating solid foods between meals
Practice fasting by ...
  • Joining the Church in its observance of the Lenten Fast
  • Choosing to add your own day of fasting during the week
  • Abstaining from negative talk (gossiping, complaining, stereotyping, etc.)
  • Incorporating a new and helpful discipline into your schedule (exercise, study, a new volunteer commitment, etc.)
  • Abstaining from default decisions and making deliberate choices about how to use your time and resources
  • Identifying and changing the choices, actions, and habits that keep you from being fully alive
  • Abstaining or limiting your time on electronic devices to what is essential. Instead, read a spiritual book or talk to friends and family

Embracing God’s Kingdom of Compassion and Mercy: Almsgiving

The Practice of Almsgiving...
  • Provides a measure of relief to those in need
  • Calls into question the hidden root causes of poverty and suffering
  • Allows us to express compassion for our brothers and sisters in need
  • Reminds us that we are shepherds of the world’s resources
  • Guards against indifference
  • Challenges us to include justice as a criterion for our decision-making business practices, public policies, spending and investment choices
Practice Almsgiving by...
  • Supporting your charities and, perhaps, choosing a new one to support
  • Giving of your time to learn more about how we can act to transform oppressive or unjust structures in our society
  • Giving of your time and talents to work with others to promote social justice in our communities and throughout the world
  • Spending time in quiet reflection and prayer for the troubled spots in our world and nation, lifting up those in need to the Lord
  • Giving your full attention to those around you, family and friends, children and spouses

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