LENT IS COMING SOON!

 

AND COMING IN LENT…..

 

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent, each forming us in our faith.  Instead of giving up candy for Lent, why not participate in one or more of these adult faith formation opportunities?

 

Synced Studies - This year our 3 adult faith groups will be aligning their studies for your convenience.  All groups will be using the same study and covering the same content each week.  Is Sunday morning best for you this week, but you work next Sunday?  No reason to skip!  You can hop between the groups at your convenience.  We hope this gives some who have never been a part of our adult faith groups before an opportunity to join.

 

Our synced study is “Lent: Season of Transformation.”  During Lent, we clear our lives of all the clutter & allow ourselves to be transformed by the Word of God.  These 6 special sessions will help you focus on God & reorient your life to the Gospel.  Sessions begin on Monday, Feb. 12 & end Sunday, March 25. 

 

Monday Night Bible Study meets in the St. Joseph Parish Center at 7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday Morning Bible Study meets in the St. Joseph Parish Center at 10:00 a.m. – noon.

 

Sunday Morning Adult Faith meets in the St. Raphael Parish Center at 9:00-10:10 a.m.

 

Lenten booklets – A variety of free Lenten devotional booklets, containing scriptures, reflections, and prayers, will be available in the back of both churches beginning Feb. 11.  Don’t forget to pick one up!

 

Stations of the Cross – Join us for this traditional Lenten devotion on all the Fridays of Lent at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church.

 

Lenten RetreatThis year we have a special Celtic retreat planned for Saturday, March 17 at 9:00-12:00 in St. Raphael Church with a lunch of Irish stew, leek & potato soup, & soda bread following in Hoban Hall.  There will also be live Celtic music while we eat.  Our guest presenter is spiritual director Lauren Horstman Burdette.

 

Parish Penance Service – The Parish Penance Service will be held on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Raphael Church.  This is a communal penance service with communal prayers and multiple priests to hear individual confesions.

 

The Light Is On – Have you been away from the sacrament of reconciliation for a while.  Do you want to experience the sacrament again, but feel uneasy?  On February 27, we will host the Light Is On from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Raphael Church.  This is an opportunity to experience the sacrament in a non-judgmental, welcoming atmosphere.  This is NOT a communal penance service, and there will be no common prayers.  Participants are welcome to arrive at any time during the two-hour window and to use the church for private prayer or to leave immediately after receiving the sacrament.

 

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