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Lenten Formation

 

Practicing Lent:  Weekly Resources 2020

 

Practicing Lent: 

This year, we are offering a weekly selection of resources to help you make the most of your Lent:  short online videos, articles, and spiritual tools to deepen your experience of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Look for these updates in our weekly parish email and on the website and Facebook page. 

 Week of March 29

This week our focus is on the Lenten discipline of Almsgiving.

 

You can read the readings of the day for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (and every day this week) here:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032920.cfm

 

How Lenten Almsgiving Changes Lives (from Catholic Relief Services):

https://www.crsricebowl.org/about/almsgiving

 

How one 89-year-old woman practices almsgiving:

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/articles/articles/curbside-mercy-an-89-year-olds-lenten-practice

 

Take the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge as a Lenten Sacrifice:

https://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/40-bags-40-days-lenten-sacrifice/

 

Four Reasons for Almsgiving (from Father Mike Schmitz):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xODJuXGUyzQ

 

Week of March 22

This week our focus is on the Lenten discipline of Fasting. 

You can read the readings of the day for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (and every day this week) here:

 

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032220.cfm

 

A two-minute read on the basics of Catholic fasting during Lent:

https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/fast-abstinence.html

 

Find out how fasting can change you forever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n834QqLLYhQ

 

How Does Fasting Prepare Us for the Feast? 

Christopher West on What Is Lent? From Catholic Relief Services:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IC_2IzqpU0&list=PLGm9zkhUbybQRP4ETfNGoVFg9VE-XeGLi&index=5

 

Family Activity -- The Fasting Cup:

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/parish-ministry/intergenerational-catechesis/lent/fasting-cup-activity-center

 

Meatless Lenten Recipes From Around the World:

 

https://www.crsricebowl.org/recipe

 

 Week of March 15

This week our focus is on the Lenten discipline of Prayer.

 

You can read the readings of the day for the Third Sunday of Lent (and every day this week) here:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031520.cfm

 

Seven Easy Tips for Personal Prayer from Ronald Rolheiser:

https://blog.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit/7-easy-tips-for-personal-prayer

 

Find ten-minute audio daily prayer sessions in the Ignatian style (read in very soothing British and Irish accents, with accompanying music) at pray-as-you-go:

https://pray-as-you-go.org/

 

If that daily prayer works well for you, you might want to go deeper with these prayer sessions:

https://pray-as-you-go.org/prayer%20tools/

 

Pray with the song “40 Days” by Matt Maher:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWKRhk-yYI0

 

Week of March 8

 You can read the readings of the day for the Second Sunday of Lent (and every day this week) here:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030820.cfm

 

Here’s a refreshing take on how the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration calls us to “Keep Going” (be sure to check out the accompanying video too!):

https://blog.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit/lent-with-br.-casey-keep-going

 

 

If you enjoyed that, you might want to subscribe to now Father Casey’s youtube channel, “Breaking in the Habit.”

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcdVPVsJRxAVKq4vY0NYeg

 

Daily Lenten Reflections from Richard Rohr can be found here:

https://info.franciscanmedia.org/lent-with-richard-rohr-pillar-page

 

 

Week of March 1

Practicing Lent: 

This year, we are offering a weekly selection of resources to help you make the most of your Lent:  short online videos, articles, and spiritual tools to deepen your experience of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Look for these updates in our weekly parish email and on the website and facebook page. 

 

You can read the readings of the day for the First Sunday of Lent (and every day this week) here:

 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030120.cfm

 

Need a getaway with God this Lent?

https://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/into-the-desert-for-lent

 

For a beautiful reflection on the beginning of Lent:

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/ash-wednesday/lent-begins

 

 

If you’d like to pray with one of the songs we’re using in our parish Masses this Lent, here’s Take These Ashes by Sarah Hart:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1F9nx0mhyA

 

 

 

Week of February 23:

With Ash Wednesday coming up this week, here are a few articles with ideas to help you decide how you’d like to practice Lent this year:

 

Simple advice for how to make the most of each day of the Lenten season:

https://dynamiccatholic.com/everyday-life/creative-things-to-give-up-for-lent/

 

 

Lent for Parents:

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/ash-wednesday/get-started-during-lent-3-action-steps-for-parents

 

 

Pope Francis’ Top Ten Tips for Lent:

https://focusoncampus.org/content/what-should-i-do-for-lent-pope-francis-10-tips

 

 

25 More Ideas for Lent (besides giving up chocolate)

https://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/25-great-things-you-can-do-for-lent

 

 

Before you come to Ash Wednesday services (Mass at 6:45AM and 5PM, and Word and Ash service at 12:10), you can reflect on the readings of the day here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022620.cfm