Lenten Opportunities

Lent is traditionally a time when Catholics focus on growing in our faith, strengthening our relationship with Jesus Christ, and building our participation in the church. We look forward to journeying with you!

Opportunities at St. Mary’s for Lent

Questions about Fasting? – Saturday, February 19th 6 p.m.

Join us on Saturday February 19th after the 5 p.m. mass as Denise Wetzel, ReMARKable Farms, discusses fasting as it began in the Catholic church and other religions, the various types of fasting, fasting as it relates to prayer, tips for successful fasting, and more! Information is from a “Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul? A Christian Guide To Fasting”.  It is not necessary to have read the book before coming to the discussion.  

Women’s Retreat – Saturday, April 2nd 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Catholic Women’s League is sponsoring a Women’s Retreat on Saturday, April 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Center! The theme will be “Forgiveness” Sister Barbara Jean Glodowski from the Monastery of St. Gertrude will be leading the retreat at no cost. Participants will need to bring a brown bag lunch.

Seder Meal – Friday April 8th 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For the first time in three years we are able to celebrate with a Seder meal. What’s a Seder meal you ask? https://denvercatholic.org/host-family-seder-meal/ Tickets will be made available closer to the event. Watch the bulletin for details.

Weekly Options for Lent

Small Faith Sharing Groups

Join a small group of people sharing life, faith, and Catholic values. Bring an open heart and a questioning mind. Each week will include a discussion on the upcoming Sunday reading. Each discussion will include prayers, scripture readings, conversation starters, reflections, and questions. Sunday readings will come alive and help integrate them into our daily lives.

  • Join an existing group by contacting the office here. Caroline has lists of groups taking new people or you can form your own with those around you. It can be a very rewarding addition to Lent!
  • We aren’t allowed to post the materials directly here for download but if you email us we can send you the information. We also have packets printed and available at the Family Center Office.

Bible/Book Studies Contact the office to signup.

“No Greater Love, A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion” – Mondays at 3:30 p.m. beginning February 28th

“Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life. You will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. Every step of the way, Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love for you—grow closer to Jesus than you ever have before.”

Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues” – Fridays at 12:30 p.m. beginning February 25th

Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice, and lust are all patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness. Bishop Barron explains the nature of these sins and offers a corresponding virtue for each one, giving practical advice on how to instill this virtue in your own life. We will begin a study program on Friday, February 25th at 12:30 p.m and will meet each Friday through Lent.  Please call the office at 208-882-4813 with any questions or to sign up!

Movie and Discussion – Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Join us in watching an episode of Season 2 of “The Chosen”, followed by a discussion led by Deacon George Canney. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. We will be watching in the Great Hall of the Family Center and there will be lots of room to spread out.

Weekly Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

You are invited to join us each Thursday during Lent from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. There are also two first Fridays, March 4th and April 1st, where there will be a 24 hour opportunity to visit in Adoration.

“All of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into His very image by the Lord Who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

Soup and Bread Suppers

Each Friday before Stations of the Cross we will gather at the Family Center for a soup and bread supper provided by the group hosting the Stations that Friday. They will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for Stations of the Cross each Friday

You can check the calendar here to see times for these in Genesee and in Moscow. Stations are hosted each week by a different group of the Parish. In Moscow, they will be at 12:10 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

CRS Rice Bowls

Collect Lenten alms throughout Lent and we will donate them to Catholic Relief Services after Easter. Rice Bowls can be picked up at the office soon.