Join us for Lent at Mary Immaculate!

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Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.
— Pope Francis, Lenten Message 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.”

KEEP READING [HERE]!

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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.

This year, Mary Immaculate is partnering with Tango Tab and Austin Street Shelter so that we can give alms as ONE community!

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.

“Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others.”
— Pope Francis, 3-5-2014 Homily

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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!

We must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which in truth ‘satisfies’ us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security...
— Pope Francis, 3-5-2014 Homily

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Click the image above to download the Daily Examen Prayer!

Click the image above to download the Daily Examen Prayer!

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!

[Click here to learn how to teach the Examen to your children!]

During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: ‘Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum’: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.
— Pope Francis, Lenten Message 2015

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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.

[Lent] is a ‘powerful’ season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil that deceives and ensnares us.
— Pope Francis, General Audience 3-5-2014

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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!

“Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ.”
— Pope Francis, Lenten Message 2015

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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.

Holy Thursday

Last Supper of the Lord
Sanctuary
7:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration
Chapel
8:00PM-Midnight

Good Friday

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross
Sanctuary
English: 12:15PM | 5:30PM
Spanish: 3:00PM | 7:30PM

Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil (Saturday Night)
Sanctuary
Time TBD

Easter Sunday Masses
Sanctuary
* Denotes Mass in Spanish // * Denota Misa en español
7:30AM | 9:00AM* | 10:45AM | 12:15PM | 2:00PM*

The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness.
— Pope Francis, Lenten Message 2014