Lent 2018

WEEKLY LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES

Lenten Faith Formation “The Basics of Lent”
Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm - Parish Center, Feb19, Feb26, Mar 5 & Mar 20
Our  Lenten presentation and faith-sharing program will meet each Monday in the parish center for a total of 4 weeks. It will consist of topics such as: The Purpose & History of Lent; Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving in our daily lives; Recommitting to Lent and its devotions; and How Lent bears fruit not just in its season but throughout the year. Presentations by Fr. Colarusso, Fr. Pat, Deacon Neil Sumner & Deacon Matt Baltier

Lenten Spirituality Book Club
“Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody”
by Allen Hunt 2nd Edition
Tuesday 6:30-7:30 Parish Center, Feb 20, Mar 6, and Mar 20

Join Rosemarie DeLacy for three Tuesdays during Lent to explore eleven real life stories of forgiveness, how God forgives us and how we can learn to forgive others & ourselves. Book is available through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. Contact Rosemarie at: rosemarie.delacy01@gmail.com or 781-944-5303

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
The "Light is On for You" every Wednesday during Lent.  A great opportunity to reconcile yourself to our merciful Lord before the great day of Easter!

Adoration with Confessions & Rosary
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm
As the  Catechism teaches, Adoration is homage of the soul to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God .  Eucharistic Adoration is an extension of Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. Ladies Sodality will be present to lead the Rosary.

Stations of the Cross with Benediction
Fridays 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Of all the Lenten devotions, Stations and Benediction are the most deeply rooted in what Lent is about.  Each Friday of  Lent walk the “Via Dolorosa” with Our Lord  and worship Him at the foot of the Cross as his Blessed.

Joint Parish Mission (Mar 11-13)
“Biblical Hospitality and Outreach to Others”
Guest Speaker - Mr. Adam Janke from St. Paul Evangelization
Sunday 5:30pm Mass with Introduction @St Agnes 
Monday 7:00-9:00pm @ St Athanasius / Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm @St Agnes

Fasting and Abstinence

Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting means partaking of only one full meal per day and 2 smaller meals that do not add up to another full meal. Abstinence forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.

 

Adoration

Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628   Eucharistic Adoration is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God!” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.(USCCB)
 

Rice Bowls Campaign
Hungering for the journey!

Join our parish community along with 13,000 Other Catholic Communities in the United States! In a life changing Lenten journey with CRS rice bowls and kids. Please pick up your family rice bowl in the back of the church if your child does not bring one home over the next few weeks. Remember your Lenten sacrifice changes lives.
 

LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING

To assist St. Athanasius parish families in the practice of almsgiving during this Lenten season we are encouraging all to participate in our LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING.

EACH WEEKEND, members of the parish (old, young, and in-between) are asked to bring one item (to whichever Mass they attend) as suggested by the readings of the day and indicated below. There will also be a Lenten Gospel Giving reminder each week’s Bulletin.

Ash Wednesday - February 14

9:00am - Mass with distribution of ashes
3:00pm - Service with distribution of ashes
7:00 pm - Mass with distribution of ashes

1st Week of Lent

Weekend of February 17—18 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert.”

Collect items for our troops in the desert through “Helping our Troops
Bar Soap, Body Wash, Bounce Sheets, Chap Stick, Roll-on Deodorant, Q-Tips, disposable razors. Room Fresheners, Shampoo, Conditioner, Sun block, Tooth-brush, Toothpaste, Handy-wipes, moisturizer, wet-naps, band-aids, shaving cream, mouthwash, baby wipes, tooth picks, dental floss, nail files, odor eaters, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizers, insect repellant. (Hotel sized miniatures of toilet-ries are great.) Tylenol, eye Drops, Foot Powder, aspirin, Rolaids, Pepto Bismol, Tums, Imodium AD, Cortisone cream, Motrin, Vitamin C Chews etc.

Monday — The Basics of Lent “What is Lent”
                    w/ Fr. Colarusso 7:00pm Parish Center
Tuesday– Lenten Book Club—6:30 pm Parish Center
Wednesday - The Light is on for You - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 7:30pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 6:30 pm

2nd Week of Lent

Weekend of February 24—25 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
“. . . and his clothes became dazzling white, so as no fuller on earth could bleach them.”

Collect whiteners, soap, laundry detergent, etc. for the “Reading Food Pantry

Monday - The Basics of Lent – “Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving in Daily Life”                                                                                                                w/Deacon Neil 7:00pm Parish Center
Wednesday - The Light is on for You - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 7:30pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 6:30 pm

3rd Week of Lent

Weekend of March 3—4 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
"Jesus was speaking of his body (and ours) as temples of God”

Bring $5.00 or $10.00 food market cards for Catholic Charities

Monday - The Basics of Lent “Recommitting to Lent and its Devotions”
                        w/ Deacon Matt  7:00pm Parish Center
Tuesday– Lenten Book Club—6:30 pm Parish Center
Wednesday - The Light is on for You - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary – 6:30 -7:30pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 6:30 pm

4th Week of Lent

Weekend of March 10—11 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
". . .this is the verdict, that the light came into the world."

Collect 60/75 watt light bulbs for “Mission of Deeds & used eyeglasses

St Agnes Mission –  Sun, Mon and Tues evening 6:45 -9:00pm
                     Biblical Hospitality -  Outreach to Others
      Guest Speaker Adam Janke; VP of  St. Paul Evangelization

Monday - The Basics of Lent “How Lent Bears Fruit Throughout the Year”
                        w/ Fr. Pat  7:00pm Parish Center
Wednesday - The Light is on for You - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary – 6:30 -7:30pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 6:30 pm

5th Week of Lent

Weekend of March 17—18 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
“Unless a grain of wheat falls . . . and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat.”

Collect: boxes of cereal for Reading Food Pantry

Tuesday– Lenten Book Club—6:30 pm Parish Center
Wednesday - The Light is on for You - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary – 6:30 -7:30pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 6:30 pm

Holy Week/Palm Sunday

Weekend of March 24—25 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
Many people spread their cloaks on the road . . . crying out: Hosanna!

Collect: new and "gently used" sweaters, flannel shirts, sweat shirts & "hoodies" [all ages] for “Lazarus House”

Wednesday - The Light is on for You - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Holy Thursday - Morning Prayer - 9:00am
Friday - Movie: "The Passion of the Christ" - 12 noon
Friday - Stations of the Cross with Benediction - 6:30 pm

Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday, March 29 through the 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday April 7 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
“He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet and dried them with the towel around his waist”

Collect adult size white athletic sox for “Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Holy Thursday, March 29

9:00 am – Morning Prayer
7:30 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Exposition
10:00 pm – Night Prayer

Good Friday, March 30

9:00 am – Morning Prayer
3:00 pm – Stations of the Cross
7:30 pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, March 31

9:00 am – Morning Prayer

Holy Saturday Night: THE EASTER VIGIL (8:00 pm)

Easter Sunday, April 1

Masses: 9:00 am, 11:00am:
(Easter Egg Hunt following 9:00 am Mass)

 
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