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Lent, Well Spent


This Lent, join us to explore why we do what we do. Delve into the Mystery of God’s Love in the Eucharist, the Mass and the Sacraments. Bring your open heart, your questions and your insights.

Wednesday Evenings: March 4, 11, 18 & 25 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reflect on the gifts God offers to each of us in the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist, as we prepare to begin the

Year of the Eucharist

Join us for any and all Wednesday evenings in March.

March 4 — Lent, Well Spent

This week in our Lent, Well Spent program, we invite you to reflect on the Eucharist. When we receive Holy Eucharist, God gives us the gift of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In the consecrated bread and wine, we receive all of Jesus — His body, blood, soul and divinity. We touch, taste, and feel Jesus intimately within our own flesh. Jesus has become food to nourish our bodies and nurture our souls.

Over the course of this week, read John 6:27-40, 51. Reflect on your own intimate encounter with Jesus when you receive Him in Holy Eucharist. What does Jesus want to give you when you receive Him? How might you receive Him more fully? Read Full Content with Prayers, Questions and Videos »

March 11 — Lent, Well Spent

This week in our Lent, Well Spent program, we invite you to reflect on the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation (known as the Sacraments of Initiation) and the Sacraments Reconciliation —also called Confession or Penance— and Anointing of the Sick (known as the Sacraments of Healing).

Through the Sacraments of Initiation, God adopts us as His children, nurtures us with the Body and Blood of His own Son, and strengthens us with His Holy Spirit so that we might live fully in this life and eternally with Him in the next. Find a quiet spot in which to contemplate what it means to be so completely loved. How does it feel to be so deeply cherished?

The Sacraments of Healing offer forgiveness of our sins, as well as spiritual and often physical healing. Consider a love so pure and deep that God will always be willing to forgive you.

Over the course of this week, read John 3:16-17 and Luke:15:11-24. What do these scripture passages tell us about God’s unconditional love? What do they tell us about God’s mercy? Think about how long it has been since you last went to Confession. Is it time you return to trusting God? Think about how wonderful it will feel to confess your sins and leave the burden of them behind as you journey toward Easter, then go. Priests are available for Reconciliation every Saturday 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm, and on Monday, March 16 and 30 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Read Full Content with Prayers, Questions and Videos »

March 18 — Lent, Well Spent

This week in our Lent, Well Spent program, we invite you to reflect on the Sacraments at the Service of Communion — Holy Orders and Matrimony. Being of service to the communion means that Matrimony and Holy Orders are sacraments “directed towards the salvation of others,” towards bringing others into loving communion with God (CCC: 1534). Their purpose is to help others come to know and love God more closely.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders consecrates a man in the tradition of the Apostles, Christ’s first and closest disciples, to nurture and nourish the people of God. Through this vocation, bishops, priests, and deacons fulfill the functions of teaching, sanctifying, and governing the Body of Christ, the Church.

Through the Sacrament of Matrimony, or Marriage, a new family — a domestic church —, is established by which the spouses endeavour to help one another and their children grow in loving relationship with God and others. The goal of each spouse in marriage is to help the other and their children attain the glory of heaven.

This week, we encourage you to read Luke 15:25-32 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. To what vocation has God, or is God, calling you? God has blessed you with unique gifts and abilities. How might God be inviting you to develop and share your gifts with others? How does God call you to use your gifts in response to the challenges of everyday life?

Please join us on Wednesday evening, March 18 at 7:00 pm to continue this conversation on the Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

Each week over the next month, as part of our Lent, Well Spent program, check this page for additional reflections and questions to contemplate, as well as links to video clips on the sacraments and the Mass. We pray you have a holy and spiritually enriching Lent as you delve deeper into the Mystery of God’s great love for you. Read Full Content with Prayers, Questions and Videos »

(Updated Mar 20, 2020)