Join us for Lent at Mary Immaculate!
pray. fast. give. lent 2019.
What is Lent?
The text that follows is taken from [Catholic.org]!
“The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism. Preparation for Baptism and for renewing baptismal commitment lies at the heart of the season. Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has reemphasized the baptismal character of Lent, especially through the restoration of the Catechumenate and its Lenten rituals. Our challenge today is to renew our understanding of this important season of the Church year and to see how we can integrate our personal practices into this renewed perspective.
Why is Baptism so important in our Lenten understanding? Lent as a 40-day season developed in the fourth century from three merging sources. The first was the ancient paschal fast that began as a two-day observance before Easter but was gradually lengthened to 40 days. The second was the catechumenate as a process of preparation for Baptism, including an intense period of preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation to be celebrated at Easter. The third was the Order of Penitents, which was modeled on the catechumenate and sought a second conversion for those who had fallen back into serious sin after Baptism. As the catechumens (candidates for Baptism) entered their final period of preparation for Baptism, the penitents and the rest of the community accompanied them on their journey and prepared to renew their baptismal vows at Easter.”
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Give with us.
Almsgiving can take many forms, from donating money to the poor to taking extra time during your week to volunteering.
Join us Saturday, March 16th and/or Saturday, April 13th to make sandwiches for the homeless in the Cafeteria! All you need to do is bring one of the items on our list, yourselves, and an open heart and we can donate our time, bodies and money for the greater Glory of God and His people.
Fast with Us.
Often times when we fast, it’s a personal fast for the sake of our sanctification. And this is good! But when we fast as a community like the Ninevites in the book of Jonah, we are able to fast for the sake of the sanctification of the community.
Join us as ONE Mary Immaculate Family as we fast together from adding condiments to our meals! Condiments = salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, etc. Feel free to pick just one or two, or fast from them all! Whatever it is you CAN do, we ask that you do with us.
Why do we fast?
We’re glad you asked! Fr. Mike lets us know what it is… and what it’s not… as well as why we fast specifically during Lent!
pray with us.
The Daily Examen has been prayed for centuries as a method of daily prayer. Join us as we unite as a parish family in prayer this Lent!
What is the Examen?
The Daily Examen has been prayed for centuries as a method of daily prayer and was started by St. Ignatius of Loyola. [Click here] to read more about the Daily Examen, or [click here] for more tips on how to pray the Examen.
DO THE EXAMEN WITH YOUR CHILDREN!
Grow With Us.
Join us March 24th-26th for our Parish Lenten Mission for our morning or evening sessions!
Our theme this year: Bear Fruit that Remains.
[CLICK HERE] for all there is to know about our 2019 Parish Mission, including information on our youth track & childcare!
Why a parish mission?
The purpose of a parish mission is to allow the Body of Christ to gather together as ONE for the sanctification of the people through fellowship, sacraments, and teaching.
Additionally, a plenary indulgence is granted to those who:
Attend some of sermons and are present for its solemn conclusion,
Receive Holy Communion within 8 days of the mission,
Go to Confession within 8 days of the mission,
Pray for the Pope (typically 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be).
What’s a plenary indulgence? [Click here] to learn more.
Journey With Us.
Join us as we aim to bring Lent into our daily lives as ONE community!
This season, watch for us on Facebook Live as we interview parishioners and staff members on how their Lent is going, what they’ve learned, how they’ve struggled, and where they have found Christ’s consolation.
If you joined us for Ash Wednesday, then you hopefully got one of our Lent Bracelets! These bracelets are not a fashion statement (probably more of a penance, if we’re honest), but a visual reminder of the season we’re living in and the commitments we’ve made. We hope you’ll wear yours, and find comfort in seeing your Mary Immaculate Family wearing theirs as we make this journey to Easter as ONE community!
Click the Infographic below for what to look forward to in the Triduum!
Celebrate With Us.
The apex of our entire year is the Holy Triduum - A Mass that begins on Holy Thursday, continues through the Good Friday Veneration of the Cross, and concludes at the Easter Vigil Saturday night. If you’ve never experienced this before, you’re in for a treat! Join us for any or all of it, and experience first hand the Lord’s Supper, Passion, Death, and Resurrection in a new way.
Last Supper of the Lord
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross
English: 12:15PM | 5:30PM
Spanish: 3:00PM | 7:30PM
Easter Vigil (Saturday Night)
Easter Sunday Masses
* Denotes Mass in Spanish // * Denota Misa en español
7:30AM | 9:00AM* | 10:45AM | 12:15PM | 2:00PM*