Do you want to fast this Lent?
In the words of Pope Francis
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
The following videos will have you thinking about Lent in a different way. Check them out. View one a day or binge watch. Lent - 40 days that can change your life! What are you waiting for?
Online opportunities to explore for Lenten prayer and reflection:
- Lenten practices, guidelines and more from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
- "Please Don't Give Up Social Media for Lent" from Busted Halo.
- Sign up for Dynamic Catholic's Best Lent Ever and have a short video delivered to your inbox daily during Lent.
- From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Daily Lenten Reflections, Lenten Prayer; including Lectio Divina, a Scriptural Way of the Cross and more
- Journey through Lent with the Diocese of Albany resource page.
- Catholic Relief Services: Rice Bowl, also with daily Lenten reflections that can be sent to your phone.
- Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry: Lenten Resources: online retreats, prayers,articles and videos; Living Lent Daily, daily Lenten reflections that can be emailed directly to you.
- Try a podcast from America Media: The Word with Scripture reflections, the Examen with Fr. James Martin, Jesuitical from the young, lay, hip editors at America (all are available on the itunes store and google play)
- Online Ministries from Creighton University: Praying Lent this Year; reflections, prayers, audio and retreats for Lent
- Bishop Robert Barron's Word On Fire podcasts.
- Share your Lenten journey on social media with Busted Halo's InstaLent Photo Challenge
- Catholic Relief Services: Stations of the Cross, a Digital Retreat
- Franciscan Media prayers, stories, traditions about Lent
- Daily Lenten Reflections from Richard Rohr.
- There's an app for that! View some of the best apps for Lent compiled by catholicaptitude.com. Remember to check your app store for new apps added every day. Give space and time on your mobile device to God.
Journey through Lent with our community
Join us for LIFT during Lent -
Sunday 3/24 following the 11am Mass or Monday 3/25 @ 5:30 pm - we will continue our exploration of the Beatitudes based on Pope Francis' Rejoice and Be Glad.
snow dates (March 31st and April 1st)
Communal Reconciliation Services during Lent -
Experience God's mercy and forgiveness
Wednesday, March 27th @ Holy Spirit, East Greenbush -7pm Tuesday, 4/2 @ Sacred Heart, Castleton -7pm
Thursday, 4/4 @ St. Mary's, Nassau -7pm
Monday, 4/8 @ St. Mary's, Clinton Heights -7pm
Tuesday, 4/9 @ St. Henry's, Averill Park -7pm
Wednesday, 4/10 @ St. John/St. Joseph, Rennselaer -12:10pm
Thursday, 4/11 @ Immaculate Conception, New Lebanon -7pm
Individual Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 3 to 3:30pm before the 4pm Mass
Stations of the Cross - on Friday's @ 6:30 pm during Lent for our local Catholic parishes - hosted by St. John's/St. Joseph's in Rennselaer. Holy Spirit will lead the stations on April 12th.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Monday 4/15 Mass @ 9am
Tuesday 4/16 Mass @ 6pm
Wednesday 4/17 Mass @ 9am
Holy Thursday 4/18- Mass of the Lord's Supper @ 6 pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday 4/19 - Stations of the Cross for all ages @ 3 pm
Communion Service & Veneration of the Cross @ 6 pm
Easter Vigil 4/20 - @ 7:30pm
Easter Sunday 4/21 - @ 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 am