Lent 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).  

Wednesday Evening Mass @ 7:00 PM: Fr. Bach's homily series for Lent will focus on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Mass will be livestreamed to our website and Facebook page.

The Way of the Cross @ 7:00 PM on Friday is a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. At each station, we recall and meditate on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Bring your family to Church for this half-hour devotion; a guide for children can be found here.   

My Parish App will feature daily Lent reflections, a prayer button for the Litany of St. Joseph, as well as homilies and reflections for the Year of St. Joseph. You can text APP to 88202 to download My Parish App or search for it in your app store. We also use the app to send out messages regarding events and funerals to our parishioners.  

Lent by the Week
Daily Mass, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 AM; plenty of room for social distancing
Ash Wednesday, February 17
Masses at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 21: The First Sunday of Lent
Monday, February 22: First Reconciliation for our parish and school second grade students; pray for them · 
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 PM: Evening Mass “The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden”
Friday, February 26, 7:00 PM: The Way of the Cross

Sunday, February 28: The Second Sunday of Lent
Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 PM: Evening Mass “The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Scourging at the Pillar”
Friday, March 5, 7:00 PM: The Way of the Cross  

Sunday, March 7:
The Third Sunday of Lent  
Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 PM: Evening Mass “The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Crowning with Thorns” 
Friday, March 12, 7:00 PM: The Way of the Cross
Saturday/Sunday, March 13/14: International Mission Needs Combined Collection

Sunday, March 14:
The Fourth Sunday of Lent 
Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 PM: Evening Mass “The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Carrying of the Cross”
Friday, March 19, 7:00 PM: Mass for the Consecration to St. Joseph

Sunday, March 21: The Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 24, 7:00 PM: Evening Mass “The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Crucifixion”
March 26, 7:00 PM: The Way of the Cross

Holy Week
Sunday, March 28: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 PM: Tenebrae: A Service of Light
Thursday/Friday, April 1, 2, 3: NO 8:00 AM Mass
Thursday, April 1, 7:00 PM: Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
Friday, April 2, 7:00 PM: Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Friday, April 2: Collection for Holy Land Places
Saturday, April 3, 8:30 PM: Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 4: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord; Masses at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM: 11:30 AM; NO 7:00 PM

*Livestreamed Masses: 8:00 AM daily, 4:00 PM Saturday, 9:30 AM Sunday, and 7:00 PM Wednesday on our website,  sthenrychurch.net and on our St. Henry Church Facebook page.

Additional Lent Resources
It's Not What You Give Up this Lent: It's Who You Become from Dynamic Catholic
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God. If you choose to throw yourself into this experience, we promise you that you will be surprised by what God can do in your life with just an email, a short video and an open heart. So this year, don’t just sign up for BEST LENT EVER, have your best Lent ever!

Lent 101: What Every Catholic Should Know from Ascension Press
Lent is a time when participants can carry out a three-fold mission, with the key pillars being fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Certainly, these components are not new within our Catholic teachings nor are they reserved only for Lent, as we are encouraged to practice them regularly throughout the year. However, a special and renewed focus on each of them during Lent can foster growth and appreciation within our collective faith and respective spiritual journeys.

CRS Rice Bowl Lent Calendar: With reflections on Scripture and Catholic teaching, prayers, country facts and more, the calendar is the perfect resource to bring you closer to God and neighbor. You’ll learn how communities are tackling hunger in Madagascar, El Salvador and Timor-Leste and put your faith into action to end hunger around the world.

The Ultimate Guide to Lent from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Lent Reflections with Bishop Barron
Franciscan Spirit Blog/Lent with the Saints
Resources for your Lenten Journey from Loyola Press
The Stations of the Cross for Kids
God's Gift of Forgiveness: A Guide to Reconciliation

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