This year Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th. Lent has been observed by Christians since the 4th Century. It is a time of reflection, penitence and spiritual renewal before Easter. Lent ends at midnight on Holy Saturday, April 3 2021, the night before Easter Sunday.
During Lent some Christians focus on giving up something. Is it absolutely necessary for the observation of Lent to give up a delicacy or a bad habit or an hour of sleep in the Lenten period? That should be a matter between a Christian and God. Some may decide to do something extra for their spiritual hindrance to the Spirit. Some may make a special sacrifice of some sort. And some may decide to improve their communication and fellowship with God by having special times of prayer throughout the day, or vow to worship in the church at every service held.
The important thing is to make Lent a special time, a memorable time. A time so meaningful that it sets the tone for the rest of the entire year. At the very least it should be a time of sincere spiritual growth. Please watch the bulletin for a list of liturgical and devotional services at our church this Lent. In the meantime, here are some lent resources.
Online Resources for Spiritual Growth:
> 40 Days to Grace and Glory: This Lent journey with, Dr. Tim Gray, by signing up for Daily Lenten Reflections. Each day you will receive in your inbox a short video that features Dr. Gray commenting on the daily Mass readings, explaining the Scriptures, and providing you with concrete ideas on how to apply them to your life. Click here to sign up
> LENT 2021 | Reflect. Repent. Restore: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have a lot of resources and prayers to help you Reflect. Repent. Restore this Lent. https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year-and-calendar/lent
> Catholic Christianity 101 by Fr. Paul: On the 6 Monday’s of Lent (7pm – 8:30PM) Fr. Paul will give an overview of the Catholic Faith. This is like a Mini-RCIA course! It will cover; Divine Revelation, Word, Sacrament, Creed, Sin, Conscience and Church Teaching. Join us live on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82663361508 or watch it later on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo50ncKZka11Rk6BbLxo8Kg
> Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments.
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with this USCCB guide that leads you through how to conduct a brief examination of conscience. https://www.usccb.org/resources/examination-conscience
> Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever Reflections: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever
> Daily Lent Gospel Reflections with Bishop Barron: Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel this Lent alongside Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community. https://www.lentreflections.com/
> Living Lent as a Family (4-part series)*
Have you ever wanted to live more liturgically but not known how? Formed.org offers a series to help families during Lent. We pray that these discussions bless you and your family. This series is available to you FREE* on https://watch.formed.org/videos/formed-now-living-lent-as-a-family-part-1-of-
> Augustine Institute Lenten Reflections*: Christ’s love for you is bursting forth. Embrace him and let his mercy pierce your heart during this Lenten season. Join a 40-day journey of welcoming his tender love, beginning with these short, daily videos https://watch.formed.org/lenten-reflections
> Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession*: This video series explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Available to you free* on https://watch.formed.org/forgiven. (Also available in Spanish: https://watch.formed.org/perdonado)
Lent Fasting & Abstinence Guidelines
If you are looking for more information about the fasting and abstinence during lent, check out our recent post on this topic.
Hope these links are helpful! Fr. Paul