Lent 2024: The Power of Silence

Why We Need Silence

Fr. Sean is inviting all parishioners to embrace a parish-wide Lenten theme: The Power of Silence. In a world full of noise, busyness, and distraction, it can be hard to stay attuned to the Lord and all He is doing in our lives. We need silence. We need intentional time of prayer to connect with our Creator.
Couch Chat: Why We Need Silence

 

How We’re Going to Live Silence this Lent

One of the ways we will be doing this is through the 14 for 40 challenge: spend 14 minutes in silent prayer each day during Lent.
Couch Chat: How We’re Going to Live Silence

Faith Formation, Prayer, & Extra Confession Opportunities

Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever

Receive a daily email with reflections from Matthew Kelly’s 33 Days to Eucharistic Glory! Sign up at www.dynamiccatholic.com/lent.html

Bishop Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections

This Lent, consider meditating on the daily Gospel with Word on Fire’s 2024 Lenten Gospel Reflections. Order at www.wordonfire.org.

The Way of the Cross

Fridays 7pm @ St. Joseph and 7:30pm @ Immaculate Conception (except Good Friday). Come and retrace the steps of Jesus on the Road to Calvary.

Extra Confession Opportunities

Days of Grace: Monday, March 11th @ Immaculate Conception and Wednesday, March 27th @ St. Joseph. Adoration and confessions available all day from 9am–9pm.

There will also be additional confession opportunities during Lent: Mondays 5–6pm at St. Joseph & Thursdays after 8am Mass at Immaculate Conception (8:40am), EXCEPT Monday, March 11th and Holy Thursday, March 28th. (There is a Day of Grace at Immaculate Conception on March 11th, and confessions will be heard at St. John on Holy Thursday at 8:30am.)

Almsgiving

Together We Can containers will be available by all church doors. Please pick one up, fill with your spare change, and return it by Palm Sunday. Proceeds go to Fish Pond Food Pantry, God’s Storehouse, and Mercy Unlimited.

Sunday Lenten Holy Hours with Evening Prayer

Holy Hours with Evening Prayer will be each Sunday of Lent at St. Lawrence from 4:30–5:30pm. Evening Prayer will be prayed at 5pm. This is a great opportunity to enter into silent prayer!

Daily Holy Hours with Morning Prayer

Did you know we have the opportunity in our parishes for a communal holy hour? This is held year-round: not just during Lent! Every Monday–Saturday from 6:30–7:30am at St. John Church, there is a Holy Hour with Morning Prayer (led by our priests and begins at 7:15am). Come for any part of the holy hour.

Triduum Holy Hour with Morning Prayer & Confession

Holy Hours on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday will be at 7:30–8:30am at St. John. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 8:15am and confessions will be heard afterwards.

Feast of St. Joseph

St. Joseph’s Feast is on Tuesday, March 19th. There will be a bonus Mass at St. Joseph Church at 7pm.

Holy Thursday Pilgrimage

Spend Holy Thursday evening in silence with our Lord. Click here for more information.

Lenten Noon Services & Luncheon

The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association will hold services each Wednesday at noon at St. Joseph, followed by a luncheon in the Parish Life Center. The 2024 theme is I Met Jesus on the Road to Jerusalem.

Fasting & Abstinence Reminders

Fasting refers to eating one full meal in a given day, as well as two small meals that combined do not equal a full meal. Abstinence refers to not eating meat.

“Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence…When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal….If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the ‘paschal fast’ to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.” (source: USCCB)

Holy Week: Sacrament of Reconciliation Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 24th

7:15–7:45am @ St. John
7:45–8:15am @ St. Lawrence


Wednesday of Holy Week, March 27th

9am–9pm @ St. Joseph (Day of Grace)


Holy Thursday, March 28th

8:30am @ St. John (after the Holy Hour with Morning Prayer)


Good Friday, March 29th

8:30am @ St. John (after the Holy Hour with Morning Prayer)
After 12:30pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion @ Immaculate Conception
After 1:30pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion @ St. Joseph


Holy Saturday, March 30th

8:30am @ St. John (after the Holy Hour with Morning Prayer)

Holy Week: Liturgy Schedule

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, March 28th

7:00pm Mass @ St. Joseph
7:00pm Mass @ Immaculate Conception


Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, March 29th

12:30pm Liturgy @ Immaculate Conception
1:30pm Liturgy @ St. Joseph


Holy Saturday, March 30th

9:00pm Easter Vigil @ Immaculate Conception


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

8:00am Mass @ St. Joseph
8:00am Mass @ St. John
8:30am Mass @ Immaculate Conception
10:00am Mass @ St. Joseph
10:00am Mass @ St. Lawrence
10:30am Mass @ Immaculate Conception