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Lenten Resources

 

What is Lent?

The word “Lent” comes from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘springtime.’ Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and continues until the Mass of the Lord’s Super on Holy Thursday (March 24, 2016). Following, the Paschal Triduum begins. Thus, it does not include Sundays since these days are always a “feast” day. Doing so gives us the “40 days of Lent.”

During Lent the Church prepares for the manifestation of God’s love in Christ’s Passion and Death. The faithful continue to journey with the Elect and Candidates in the RCIA program toward the Paschal Mystery and reception of the sacraments of initiation. We are called upon to engage and grow in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We hope this Lent will be an opportunity for you to grow in holiness, virtue, and faith.

What Should I Give Up for Lent?

“Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate. Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent. Lent is not just about giving things up, like chocolate. Lent is about doing something—something bold to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, friend, neighbor, etc. What if this year you did more than just give up something during Lent? Do something life-changing” (Dynamic Catholic).

 

 

Ways to Live this Lent

Programs and Events at our Parish

Stations of the Cross– This popular Lenten devotional retraces the last events in the life of Christ culminating in his Crucifixion. Every Friday during Lent. See more and join us for our Fish Fry beforehand.

Lenten Penance Service- This is an evening of a short Liturgy of the Word (Scripture readings, homily, and intercessions) with an examination of conscience and then individual confessions with about 7-8 priests. Join us on Thurs., March 1 from 7-9 p.m. in the Church! Come & go at any time!

Draw Near to God booklet– This booklet of reflections is related to the Church’s daily Lenten Mass Readings and is offered from a variety of spiritual authors. These thoughtful meditations, prayer starters and “facts about the faith” can be used anytime for prayer and reflection.

Lent: The Evil Stops Here– This handout explains the meaning and importance of Lent, Fasting for Peace, and Lenten Guidelines for fasting and abstinence.

Living Your Faith Booklets– these free booklets cover two months at a time that offer timely daily devotional prayers and info. Our next/current set covers Lent. They’re located in the pamphlet stands in the Narthex and provided by the Knights of Columbus year round. 

Operation Rice Bowl– This Lent, the parish community of St. John Neumann invites all to Operation Rice Bowl.  Operation Rice Bowl, presented by Catholic Relief Services, is a Lenten faith-in-action program that provides opportunities for prayer, fasting, & almsgiving.  There are spiritual, educational, & charitable components that help us to walk in solidarity with our sisters & brothers in need.  And it’s fun! More information will be published soon.

 

Walking Through Holy Week: Book Study- Are you ready for a great Easter?  Start with a great Lent! Sit at the Last Supper, pray in the garden, and stand at the cross. The empty tomb will never be the same again. Lenten Book Study is on Wednesdays, February 7-April 4 at 11:30am-1:00pm in the St. Timothy Room. They’ll be facilitated by author Karen May. Purchase Walking Through Holy Week at BookPeople, Catholic Art & Gifts, or Amazon before the first meeting. Register online at sjnaustin.org/holyweekstudy

She Who Believed: Women’s Lenten Discussion Group- Join us for a Lenten discussion based on the 2018 Lent prayer devotional / journal, She Who Believed. This daily companion from BlessedIsShe.net will deepen your walk with Christ during the Lenten season. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, February 13—April 3, St. Francis House. Facilitated by Lisa Glenn. Register online at sjnaustin.org/she-who-believed A limited number of copies of the Devotional/Journal book will be available for $25 from the facilitator.

Oratory Discussion Group- Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm in the Pastoral Center Room 105.  Facilitated by Barbara Moeller and Rachel Vaughn. Please join us on Tuesday evenings for reading and discussion of The Presence of God by Anslem Moynihan, O.P. This is an excellent class for anyone who wants to deepen their Catholic faith and is a great option for those who have recently been confirmed. Book is available in class – no outside reading required.

Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart – Bible Study- Wednesdays 9:30-11am,  Mar 7 – Apr 25 in St. Timothy Room.  Facilitated by Linda Dehan. Register at sjnaustin.org/eternity  Shame? Anger? Loneliness? Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart challenges us to open our eyes to obstacles in our Christian walk. Through prayer, reflection, guidance and the aid of the Holy Spirit, we begin to engage these difficulties in a positive way as we continue toward our goal of union with Christ.

Retreats and Conferences

Retreat for Women Focuses on Parables

The Catholic Daughters of St. William Parish in Round Rock will present a retreat for women Feb. 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the St. William Parish Hall. Dominican Sister Helen Marie Raycraft will present “Parables of Jesus and Our Stories.” A light breakfast and lunch will be served. To attend, contact Mary Rutherford at (512) 740-5660 or maryjrcda@yahoo.com.

Women’s Lenten Conference at San José in Austin

The 13th annual Women’s Lenten Conference sponsored by the San José Council of Catholic Women will be held Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San José Parish in Austin. This year’s theme is “The Lenten Journey/It’s Healing Power.” Father John Kim will be the keynote speaker and Dominican Sister Helen Raycraft will also present. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. The deadline to register is Feb. 9. For more information or to register, contact Rosie Castillo at (512) 441-2748 or castillorg1999@yahoo.com or Lydia Ruiz at (512) 523-8327 or ruiz_lydia49@yahoo.com.

6th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference 

Saturday, February 17 in Round Rock. Click here to learn more.

Middle School Youth Rally is March 3

The annual Diocese of Austin Middle School Youth Rally will be held March 3 at St. John Vianney Parish in Round Rock. The day will feature prayer, Adoration with Bishop Joe Vásquez, engaging keynote presentations by Gwen Bartlett, lunch, fun workshop sessions and praise and worship by a variety of presenters. All activities will focus on the theme “Fully Alive.” For more information and to attend with our St. John Neumann group, contact Samantha Delfin at sdelfin@sjnaustin.org or 512-328-3220, ext. 132.

Other Opportunities & Events

40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life campaign is underway! Many cities and countries are joining together for a 40-day prayer vigil in front of a local abortion facility!!  Learn more here.

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General Resources

Six Ways To Evangelize During Lent (USCCB)

Other Videos For Lent (USCCB)

Questions And Answers About Lent And Lenten Practices (USCCB)

Check out our calendar OF UPCOMING EVENTS!