LENT 2018

LENT 2018

LENT BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
"Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life." Pope Francis' message for Lent.

ASH WEDNESDAY
Ashes were distributed at the 7:00 and 8:30 A.M., 12 Noon and 7:00 P.M. Masses, as well as at the Service of Ashes at 3:30 P.M. A Special Collection for the Poor was taken on Ash Wednesday.

LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES
Some of these are listed below. A complete list of opportunities and resources will be included on our parish website.

An extra weekday Mass will be celebrated during the Holy Season of Lent at 7:00 P.M. We will need Eucharistic Ministers to serve at these Masses. Also, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Mondays following 7:00 P.M. Mass

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on the Fridays of Lent at 12:30 P.M. following the Noon Mass and at 7:30 P.M. following 7:00 P.M. Mass.


SUBSTITUTING THE APOSTLES' CREED FOR LENT
Liturgical guidelines permit the use of either the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed on Sundays: the latter is especially appropriate during the Lenten and Easter Seasons, since it is the basis for the formula used in the Renewal of Baptismal Promises of Easter. Beginning next Sunday, therefore, we will be professing our faith in the words of the Apostles' Creed which is printed on the pew cards for the new translations of the texts and responses for Mass.

ST. MICHAEL'S LENTEN BOOK:  WITH BURNING HEARTS
Copies of a short book by famed spiritual writer, the late Fr. Henri Nouwen, will be offered to our parishioners next weekend, February 17-18, the First Sunday of Lent. We hope that reading and reflecting on it will help increase our understanding of the meaning and purpose of celebrating Mass and living it in our daily lives.

We will offer frequent emails and discussion groups to pace the reading for those interested. Fr. Tom and Sister Loretta are selecting the materials and prayers for the emails. These will be sent only to people who register to receive them. Registration forms will be in the pews this weekend. You can also contact the Parish Center at parishcenter@stmichaelscranford.org to let us know you're interested in receiving the emails.
Click here to go to our parish website and read more about the book and our Lenten Parish initiative.

BELIEF IN GOD: THE HEART OF THE MATTER, but sometimes I have doubts
Let's face it: in our fast-paced, over sensory-stimulated world, it is, at times, hard to believe in, let alone, love an unseen, unheard God. Let's start Lent by talking about this and providing tips about how to fall in love with God, even in the face of doubts about his existence and nature.
Session includes a 30- minute Video by Bishop Robert Barron "Who Is God and Why Does It Matter?"
Tuesday, February 13
12:45 - 2:15 P.M. and 7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Location: Parish Center, Pat O'Keefe Room
For each Lenten Tuesday we will have sessions on the material in With Burning Hearts by Henri Nouwen.

ONLINE SELF-PACED RETREAT

Fr. Tom is one of five presenters who will be providing three talks during the 2018 Lenten self-paced retreat offered at praymoreretreat.com consisting of sixteen 10-20 minute videos. You participate at your own pace, watching whenever you like.

Fr. Tom’s three videos focus on the readings of the last three weeks of Lent. The titles of his talks are: “Whoever serves me must follow me,” “For God so loved the world” and Palm Sunday.

Click here for more information and to register.
The retreat and website are sponsored by John-Paul and Ann Deddens of Deddens Media of Dayton, Ohio

LENTEN "PRAYER-BREAKFAST-REFLECTION" FOR WOMEN
Beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing for the Wednesday mornings of Lent from 6:00 to 6:50 A.M. This Wednesday we will reflect on the readings for Sunday, February 18: Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15.
Location: SMS Auditorium, enter through side door of school, directly across from the Sarah Black Room of the Parish Center
If you're unable to attend all weeks -- it's okay! Please let us know your interest by calling the Religious Education Office at 908/276-2050, and we'll plan accordingly.

"WORDS TO PONDER"
LENTEN REFLECTION FOR MEN

Gentlemen . . . an invitation: We invite you to let Jesus speak to you every Monday morning during this 2018 Lenten Season, starting February 19 through March 19, 6:00 to 6:45 A.M. in the Sarah Black Room of the Parish Center. Coffee will be served. For more information contact Deacon Sebastian at the Parish Center, 908/276-0360, or by e-mail deaconsebastianvalencia@gmail.com.

MATTHEW KELLY'S BEST LENT EVER

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BISHOP ROBERT BARRON'S LENTEN REFLECTIONS

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