Posted tagged ‘Lent’

Archdiocesan Chrism Mass

March 18, 2018

hebdaLocal friends:

  • Thursday, March 22
  • 7 p.m.
  • Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul

Clergy and laity alike are warmly invited to this year’s Archdiocesan Chrism Mass. A powerful way to prepare for the mysteries of Holy Week, the Mass is the annual celebration of the solemn blessing of the holy oils, oils which will be used throughout the coming year in local parishes, institutions, hospitals and the cathedral itself to anoint, heal, and consecrate. In addition, all priests present will publicly renew their commitment to priestly service. The Mass is a beautiful celebration of the local Church’s unity in diversity, and all are encouraged to attend.

Veiling Holy Images

March 16, 2018

This weekend we’ll celebrate the 5th Sunday of Lent and this is the traditional time to veil crucifixes and other holy images in purple cloth.

veiled images

It seems counterintuitive to cover a crucifix during Lent, but in reality, the effect of this practice is that our longing to see Jesus is heightened by the fact that even this simple means is denied for a time.

This is a wonderful practice to duplicate in your home and can easily be done with a trip to the fabric store.  Before you panic, non-sewers, just look for stretchy purple fabric and you won’t have to sew it at all – just cut pieces big enough to cover your images and use a pin or two to hold it in place, if necessary.

If you’d like to learn more about this custom, read this article from our archives or this one from Aleteia.

How are you doing?

March 9, 2018

Laetare Jerusalem” (“Rejoice, O Jerusalem”) is Latin from Isaiah 66:10.

Plan for Lenten Growth

This weekend is Laetare Sunday, a midpoint in Lent and a time where the Church officially lets us know that the time to celebrate is on the horizon!  We think this is a great time to pull out the My Plan For Lenten Growth sheets you filled out last month and evaluate how you’re all doing.  It’s not too late to correct your course if necessary, and it’s definitely not too late to recommit to the original plan.

Once you are finished measuring your progress, we suggest you cooperate with the spirit of the day and celebrate … just a little.  On this day priests have the option of wearing rose-colored vestments, so dress your priest paper doll appropriately and add some pink ice cream to your grocery list for Laetare Sundaes.

One of the reasons why we LOVE being Catholic is that it gives us countless reasons to celebrate the joy of belonging to Christ and we hope you’ll take advantage of Sunday’s opportunity!


*and, for what it’s worth, this Sunday/sundae pun works for all sorts of liturgical celebrations, so keep it in mind,  Catholic ice cream lovers!  Divine Mercy Sundae, Ascension Sundae, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sundaes … I can do this all day. 🙂

Do Sundays Count?

February 17, 2018

Family Formation reminds us in many places that each Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection, but how ’bout all that stuff I gave up for Lent?  Do I need to give it up on Sundays too?


For a well-thought-out argument looking at both sides, click over here.

Both the “I don’t cheat on Sundays” people and the “Sundays don’t count” people believe that Church teaching is on their side. Or perhaps they just think there isn’t a formal Church teaching on it, so it is a matter on which good Catholics are allowed to disagree.
But we can’t ALL be right, right?

Personally, my philosophy is that if I’ve struggled all week to develop a good habit or to give up a bad one, why would I lose all that good progress by back-pedaling on Sunday?  On the other hand, there is nothing intrinsically evil about a piece of chocolate, and having one after Mass is likely just adding one more good thing to a good day!  (But, on the third hand, I always remember someone I know who would give up chocolate but then eat an obviously gluttonous amount on Sundays.  Ugh.)  Look at your motivation and the big picture of gains and losses, and know the Church is behind you in your decision.

Hey, wait a minute!

February 16, 2018


I just counted the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter and now I’m wondering where that 40-days-of-Lent thing came from!



The answer lies in what we teach about Sundays.  Learn more here.


7 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith on Ash Wednesday

February 13, 2018

Just in case someone mentions that there’s a little dirt on your forehead.


Thanks to Marcel at Aggie Catholic!


February 12, 2018

Lesson Notes: Ash Wednesday and Lenten Activities

Ash Wednesday

135px-Purple_flag_waving.svgSometimes the seasonal activities packets are assigned to a specific week, and sometimes they’re just a bonus in with the rest of your month’s lesson packet.  This is your purple flag warning that, despite its place at the end of the Month Outline, you should not wait until the end of this month to pull out this lesson.

In advance, peek through it today or tomorrow and decide which activities are going to be just right for your family this Lent.  Some of them require a little preparation, so plan some time for it.  Some can easily be prepared by your kids – coloring and cutting and building a paper chain.

My Plan For Lenten Growth should be a pre-Wednesday family discussion topic.  There are definitely things you can do (or give up) as a family, and there are other things that you might want to do (or give up) as individuals.

No matter what you decide, planning ahead will give you a strong start!

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