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Lent 2019

WEEKLY LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES

Lenten Mission “Embrace Your Call to Holiness!”
Sunday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Evening #1 - Sunday, March 31st at St. Agnes Parish, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
“Forming Disciples for Mission” Develop an understanding of what makes evangelizing parishes and consider practical ways to evangelize in parish life.

Evening #2 - Monday, April 1st at St. Athanasius Parish, 7PM - 9PM
“Forming Disciples for Mission” (continued)

Evening #3 -Tuesday, April 2nd at St. Agnes Parish, 7PM - 9PM
“Forming Leaders for Mission” & “Understanding the Collaborative Model for Mission” Support all in the parish community in discerning and developing personal calls to lead within the individual, family, community, parish, and collaborative lives. The evening includes a mixture of group activities, individual reflection, prayer and conversation.
Join us for hospitality following the conclusion of this evening’s activities.

Reconciliation
Thu - 6:30PM - 8:00PM (St Athanasius)
Sat - 2:45PM - 3:45PM (St Agnes)
Sat - 3:15PM - 3:45PM (St Athanasius)

Eucharistic Adoration
Thu - 7:00PM (St Athanasius - with Rosary)
Fri - 9:30AM-9:00PM (St Agnes)

Stations of the Cross
Fridays 7:00 pm (St. Agnes)
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.

Fasting and Abstinence

Abstinence -- Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all.

Fast -- Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.

Commendable, particularly during Lent, is generosity to local, national and world programs of sharing our abundance, the traditional Lenten Devotions and all the self-denial summed up in the Christian concept of “mortification.”

 

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 - March 6

6:30am - Mass with distribution of ashes at St. Agnes
9:00am - Mass with distribution of ashes at St. Agnes
3:00pm - Service with distribution of ashes at St. Athanasius
7:00 pm - Mass with distribution of ashes at St. Athanasius

1st Week of Lent

Weekend of March 9—10 - 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.

Wednesday - Taize Prayer Service- 7:00pm (St. Agnes)
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 8:00pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross (St. Agnes) - 7:00 pm

2nd Week of Lent

Weekend of March 16—17 - 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

Wednesday - Taize Prayer Service- 7:00pm (St. Agnes)
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 8:00pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross (St. Agnes) - 7:00 pm

3rd Week of Lent

Weekend of March 23—24 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
"If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did”

Bring Juice Boxes for Housing Families of Malden

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 - Taize Prayer Service- 7:00pm (St. Agnes)
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 8:00pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross (St. Agnes) - 7:00 pm

4th Week of Lent

Weekend of March 30—31 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
"The young man saw the light and changed his life!"

60 watt (or equivalent LED light bulbs) “Mission of Deeds And/OR
Write letters of encouragement for St. Basil’s Cursillo Prison Ministry participants (see Bulletin)

Reading Catholic Community Mission –  Sun, Mon and Tues evening
                     "Embrace Your Call to Holiness!"

Sunday - "Embrace Your Call to Holiness!" “Forming Disciples for Mission”
                        6:30 - 8:30pm St. Agnes
Monday - "Embrace Your Call to Holiness!" “Forming Disciples for Mission (continued)”
                        7:00 - 9:00pm St. Athamasius
Tuesday - "Embrace Your Call to Holiness!" “Forming Leaders for Mission” & “Understanding the Collaborative Model for Mission”
                        7:00 - 9:00pm St. Agnes
Wednesday - Taize Prayer Service- 7:00pm (St. Agnes)
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 8:00pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross (St. Agnes) - 7:00 pm

5th Week of Lent

Weekend of April 6—7 - LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING -
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”

Give assistance to those recently released from prison or court supervision (see Bulletin)

Tuesday– Lenten Book Club—6:30 pm Parish Center
Wednesday - Taize Prayer Service- 7:00pm (St. Agnes)
Thursday - Adoration with Confessions and Rosary - 6:30 - 8:00pm
Friday - Stations of the Cross (St. Agnes) - 7:00 pm

Holy Week/Palm Sunday

Weekend of April 13—14 - 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 - Taize Prayer Service- 7:00pm (St. Agnes)
Friday - Stations of the Cross (St. Agnes) - 7:00 pm

Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 19 through the 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday April 28 - 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, April 18

7:30 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (St. Athanasius)
9:00 pm – Adoration after Mass until 10:00pm

Good Friday, April 19

3:00 pm – A Living Way of the Cross (St. Agnes Parish Center)
7:30 pm – Passion of the Lord   (St. Athanasius)

Holy Saturday, April 20

7:30 pm – Holy Saturday Night: THE EASTER VIGIL - St. Athanasius

Easter Sunday, April 21

Masses: 9:00 am, 11:00am - St. Athanasius
(Easter Egg Hunt following 9:00 am Mass)

Masses: 7:30am, 9:00 am, 11:00am, (No 5:30pm Mass) - St. Agnes

 
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