Make a plan on what you will try to do for these six weeks to grow in some aspect of your faith. Be proactive, not reactive! Some suggestions are listed here. Also check the items gathered on this page. -Prayer: Daily Mass -Scripture readings or some other spiritual reading (check our Bible studies page for suggestions) -Almsgiving: Charitable involvement in some way, giving time to a special cause, mission or the needy. Rice Bowl donations. -Fasting: Fasting is a religious tool to focus on what’s important in life. What would be a challenge? Try "Soup and Stations" (see below) Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14 and ends on March 31.
Lenten Practices and Reflections (many options to enrich your Lenten experience)
Ecumenical Lenten services... Seven Christian churches in Woonsocket, Slatersville and Blackstone are scheduling five prayer services on the Wednesdays of Lent at 7pm. Offering hymns, prayer, Scripture reading and sermon on the traditional Lenten themes of repentance and renewal. Local and guest preachers will lead the services. St. Charles Church at 190 North Main St. will begin the series at 7pm on February 21, followed by a joint effort of Our Savior Polish National Church and Slatersville Congregational Church on February 28 with the 7pm service at 500 Smithfield Road. All Saints Church at 323 Rathbun St., will continue the service at 7pm on March 7. St. James Episcopal Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church will offer another joint service at7pm on March 14 at 24 Hamlet Avenue. Christ Community Church off Mendon Rd at Church St. in Blackstone will conclude the series at 7pm on March 21. Worshippers are invited to stay for fellowship after the services. Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the local meal site NEW BEGINNINGS on Rathbun St,
Below are some more great possibilities for deepening your Lenten experience.
Available at the entrance of each church: (free copies) Booklet: The Word Among Us - The Promise of Lent Lenten reflections using the daily scripture readings.
Lenten Soup and Stations of the Cross- Soup and Stations. A simple Lenten supper consisting of soup, bread and water is planned for each of the six Fridays of Lent beginning on February 16th (excludes Good Friday). There is no charge for this supper which will occur before the Stations of the Cross. Volunteers are needed for soup making from each parish. Ideally, each week, two people will each bring a minimum of 5 qts. of meatless soup in a crock pot or pan as Fridays are days of abstinence (no meat). Depending on the attendance this amount may need to be adjusted. Soup will be served from 5:30-6:15pm. Stations of the Cross will begin at 6:30pm. Please contact Bob Robbio at 508-883-8761 or by email at email@example.com if interested in making soup. The next ones are: SH Feb. 23rd, HF March 2nd & 9th, OLQM March 16th & 23rd
DON’T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE FOR LENT! Lent comes every year. It’s meant to be a time when we invite God to help us become the best version of ourselves. But for many of us, Lent isn’t a transformative experience. It’s just a time when we give up chocolate or something else we enjoy, then go back to it at Easter. This year, do something different. Join our parishes for BEST LENT EVER. Each day, you’ll receive an email with…. - Inspirational Videos - Practical Tips - Encouraging Stories Sign up at DynamicCatholic.com/40Days
How to Practice Lent (from Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl web site) Great series of videos and reflections from a variety of Catholic leaders on Practicing Lent. Follow this link to reflectionson PRAYER, FASTING, SOLIDARITY, and GIVING.
Arts and Faith: Lent (from Loyola Press) "Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent with Arts & Faith: Lent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of spiritual renewal through the lens of sacred art." Interested? Follow this link to the site.
Praying Lent This Year - Online Ministry of Creighton University "...resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate the holy three days following Lent." Check this site for some great information
Lent 2018 - US Catholic Conference of Bishops Lenten calendar and many other reflection materials for Lent including videos, Lenten prayer, etc Check here.
Reflection activities for elementary age children for LENT 2018