This Lent....

Schedule, Events & Activities

Ash Wednesday Masses, March 1: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Lenten Fish Fry & Bake Sale - 4:30-8pm: We'll be serving baked & fried Pollock, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, pancakes, French fries, tomato soup, coleslaw, lettuce salad, and a Bake Sale (we'll need some of your delicious baked good donations!!). Beer, wine & pop available. All you can eat. LIVE music with Win Lander. Drive through & take-out available. Cost: Adults $10; Seniors: $8; Kids 12 and under $6; No Immediate family (parents with minor children)pays over $30.

Friday, February 24
Friday, March 3
Friday, March 10
Friday, March 18
Friday, March 24
Friday, March 31
Friday, April 7

Stations of the Cross at 4:00pm on Fridays
Friday, March 3
Friday, March 10
Friday, March 18
Friday, March 24
Friday, March 31
Friday, April 7

Communal Reconciliation Services: April 11th at 7:00 pm & April 12th at 1:30pm

Holy Week Masses

Holy Thursday, April 13th: NO Morning Masses, 7:00 pm Mass with Agape meal to follow
Good Friday, April 14th: NO Morning Masses, 12:00 Stations, 7:00 pm Liturgy
Holy Saturday, April 15th: NO Morning Mass, NO Reconciliation, NO 5:30 Mass, Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 16th: Mass at 7:30 am, 9:30 am (in Church), 9:35 am (in social hall), and 11:30 am

Saint John Vianney Lenten Retreats

Saturday, March 4th:  Women’s retreat from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday, March 11th:  Men’s Retreat from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Women’s Retreat with Sr. Ginny Silvestri
Forgiveness: Peace, Hope, and Second Chances: Every year Lent calls us to renew and reinvigorate our spiritual lives.  This retreat will focus on giving and receiving forgiveness, especially, forgiving ourselves, with time for quiet prayer, reflection and discussion. Sr. Ginny Silvestri, OSM is a member of the Servite Order (Servants of Mary).  She has ministered as a theology teacher, parish director of adult faith formation, and provincial of her Servite community.  Her goal is to help adults integrate mature faith and healthy spirituality into their everyday lives.  Sr. Ginny’s presentations are practical, down to earth, gospel-based, and positive.   

Men’s Retreat with Fr. Pat McCaslin
Forgiveness? Have you experienced a devastating loss or felt stymied in a difficult relationship – with an ex, parent, child, sibling, friend – or perhaps even yourself? Have you felt powerless in it?  Do you wonder if the sadness, anger and resentment will ever end? Are you ready to have it be different?

A brief look at the day for both retreats:
•    8:30 am: Gather/coffee & rolls
•    9:00 am - Noon: Presentations/discussions
•    Noon: Mass in Church
•    12:30 pm: Lunch

What Is Lent?

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II stated, "The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent -- the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance -- should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God's word more frequently and devote more time to prayer" (no. 109). The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning "Spring," and lenctentid, which literally means not only "Springtide" but also was the word for "March," the month in which the majority of Lent falls.

An emphasis should be placed on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross, attending Mass, making a weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, taking time for personal prayer and spiritual reading and most especially making a good confession and receiving sacramental absolution. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation.

Important Dates In Lent

  • Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 1)
  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 5)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 12)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Friday, March 17)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Sunday, March 19)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 19)
  • The Annunciation of the Lord (Saturday, March 25)
  • Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) (Sunday, March 26)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, April 2)
  • Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 9)
  • Holy Thursday (Thursday, April 13)
  • Good Friday (Friday, April 14)
  • Holy Saturday (Saturday, April 15)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 16)

Guidelines for Fasting

Fasting Guidelines for Roman Catholics in the United States: In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that "the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth." The USCCB also allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent. Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:

  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
  • Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (your 59th birthday begins your 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat on all other Fridays of the year, unless he or she substitutes some other form of penance for abstinence.

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IPhone, IPad, and Android Apps

•  Laudate. This is a given. Known as the No. 1 Catholic app, it offers a wide variety of resources, from the daily readings to Vatican documents. Great resources for Lent include the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours (although it has a different translation, and the days mix up on iPhones at times) and a daily examination of conscience. (iOS, Android)

•  Truth & Life. This app is a dramatized audio rendition of the New Testament. For Lent, you can download the free version and study the book of Mark (the full version is $19.99). It still has study questions and other resources. (iOS, Android)

•  Rosary of the Hours. You can try a new way of praying the Rosary this Lent. It’s designed for using one decade for each hour of the day (from the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries), but you can simply use the Sorrowful. The app has Psalms, meditations and Scripture passages for each mystery. You could then transition to the full Rosary after Easter. It’s a great way to start a new spiritual habit. (iOS)

•  Confession. Suggested by Bishop Conry, this app develops an examination of conscience based on age, sex and vocation and then walks you through the sacrament. With this tool, you can commit to more frequent confession throughout Lent. (iOS, Android)

•  Mary. Made by the creators of the popular Divine Mercy app, “Mary” is a great way to get to know the Blessed Mother. Journeying with her thought Lent is a beautiful way to approach her Son. The app includes information about dogma, doctrine, titles, apparitions and more, as well as prayers and devotions. (iOS)

•  Ignio. This is a more social option for spirituality. The app tracks your spiritual activities, and you can share your prayers and thoughts with your friends. I recommend identifying a group of friends to try this with, since you have to get started by “bumping” your device with someone else’s to have full access to features. This could be a great way to start a Lenten group. (iOS, Android)

•  Mass Explained. While this is only available on the iPad, it looks like an incredible experience made for that platform. Lent is a great time to learn more about the Mass and fall deeper in love with Christ. (iPad)

•  The Pope App. News, speeches, images, live feeds … you can follow Pope Francis every day. A good place to start could be to read (or watch) his general audiences or Sunday Angelus addresses throughout Lent. (iOS, Android)

•  CRS Rice Bowl. This app from Catholic Relief Services is a great way to tap into almsgiving during Lent. You can set specific goals and track your progress. It also offers reflections, meatless recipes and personal stories. (iOS, Android)

•  UNICEF Tap Project. You may have heard of this one. It’s not Catholic, but it is a great way to give. By leaving your phone alone for 10 minutes, their sponsor will provide one day of clean water for a child in need. It is a great way to practice detachment without sacrificing the ability to evangelize throughout this great season. (visit website)

Lent Videos and Other Resources



Catholic Relief Services is sponsoring a wonderful series that will help you make Lent meaningful for you and your family. As you know, CRS is one of the great organizations in our church, and this is a terrific Lenten resource.

Some great Lenten spiritual resources from the Ignatian Solidarity Network. "Renew the Face of the Earth" is a Lenten Reflection series written by Jesuit and lay authors from around the world. Renew will offer short reflections on caring for creation that relate each day’s mass readings throughout Lent. To learn more & subscribe via e-mail, click here.

The first is from the US Jesuits. "Igniting Our Values" is a digital prayer experience beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Each evening, material for the following day’s prayer will be posted here. Participants who sign up will receive an evening email with the newly posted content. "Igniting our Values" will bring us together again, as pilgrims, to follow Jesus through the Lenten desert to the healing waters of the Resurrection. You can sign click here.