The Communications Team has compiled a comprehensive source of things happening locally for LENT! It is a work in progress, so please submit any corrections or recommended additions to email@example.com. 40 days of fasting, prayers and almsgiving begins on Wednesday, March 5th.
- Father Chris’ Comprehensive Guide to Lent & Easter
- 101 Practical Fasting Ideas for Lent
- Beyond the Great Lenten Phone and Facebook Fast
- Vatican releases Pope’s Lenten schedule, including penitential service
- Receive a daily Lenten Reflection from Father Robert Barron! Sign up here.
- A printable calendar for families with children to learn about the season of Lent & Easter Triduum.
- Use the Sinners2Saints iTunes app for a 21-day spiritual exercise in growing in virtue. Download it here.
- Understanding Ash Wednesday & Lent in 2 minutes! See it here.
- 40 things to give up for Lent
- 5 reasons to LOVE fasting!
- Recommended reading from Father Chris – Holy Thursday: An Intimate Rememberence by François Mauriac
Lenten Regulations 2014
Each year the holy season of Lent provides us a special time of grace and spiritual renewal so that we may become better instruments in sharing the Gospel.
This year, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on 5 March. The present laws of the Church regarding fast and abstinence during the Season of Lent are as follows:
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two lesser meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted.
Catholics who have completed their 18th year are bound by this law until the beginning of their 60th year.
2. Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. On days of abstinence, meat should not be eaten at any meal. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year.
The Obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially,” the penitential days specified by the Church is a serious obligation. The Code of Canon Law states:
“On these days (of Penance), the faithful are in a special manner to devote themselves to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, to deny themselves, by fulfilling their obligations more faithfully and especially by observing the fast and abstinence…”
Mass Schedule for Ash Wednesday (ashes may be received by everyone without exception)
- 7am @ St. Mary’s Downtown
- 7am @ Prince of Peace (Low Mass)
- 7am @ St. Mary Magdalene
- 7:30am @ Blessed Trinity (English)
- 8am @ Furman in the Daniel Chapel
- 8:30am @ Our Lady of the Rosary (school Mass)
- 8:30am @ Prince of Peace (school Mass)
- 8:30am @ St. Mary Magdalene
- 9am @ Blessed Trinity (English)
- 12/noon @ St. Mary’s Downtown
- 12/noon @ Prince of Peace (EF)
- 12:10pm @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 12:15pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
- 5:00pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
- 5:30pm @ Blessed Trinity (English)
- 6pm @ Our Lady of the Rosary
- 6pm @ Prince of Peace (Sung)
- 6:30pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
- 7pm @ St. Mary’s Downtown (Solemn in the church, Spanish in the gym)
- 7pm @ Our Lady of the Rosary (Vietnamese)
- 7pm @ St. Anthony of Padua
- 7pm @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 7:30pm @ Blessed Trinity (English)
- 8pm @ Prince of Peace (Spanish)
- 8:30pm @ St. Mary Magdalene (Spanish)
Vespers at St. Mary’s Downtown on Sundays at 5pm
- March 9
- March 16
- March 23
- March 30
- April 6
- April 13
Stations of the Cross
- Wednesdays at 5:15pm @ Our Lady of the Rosary
- Fridays at 2:30pm @ Our Lady of the Rosary
- Fridays at 5:30pm @ St. Mary Magdalene
- Fridays at 6pm (English) and 7pm (Spanish) @ St. Mary’s Downtown
- Fridays at 6pm (Spanish) and 7pm (English with Benediction and Confession) @ Prince of Peace
- Fridays at 6:30pm @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (followed by soup supper at 7pm followed by viewing Father Barron’s Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues)
- Fridays at 7pm (English) @ Blessed Trinity
Compline at Prince of Peace on Sundays at 7:30pm
- March 9
- March 16
- March 23
- March 30
- April 6
- April 13
- 2014 Catholic Young Adult Lenten Evening of Recollection: Looking for a way to pull away from the busyness of life for an evening of prayer and fellowship with other young adults? Join other Catholic Young Adults Friday, March 28th, for our Catholic Young Adult Lenten Evening of Recollection. The evening begins at 7pm and will include guided Meditations by Fr. Michael Boyle, Adoration, Confession and Fellowship. Location for the event is St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 111 Hampton Avenue, Greenville, SC. The evening will begin in Sacred Heart Hall. For more information visit catholicyoungadultsofsc.comor email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Penitential Procession at 1:30pm at Prince of Peace on Sunday, March 9 (Spanish Penance Service on Thursday, March 13 at 7pm)
- St. Mary’s Women’s Club is having a Day of Reconciliation at the Monastery of St. Clare in TR on Tuesday 11 March. Contact Peggy Moulton at 864.386.2309 or email@example.com for questions.
- St. Mary’s is hosting a parish Lenten Day of Recollection with Joseph Pearce on Saturday 15 March. The event is free, but registration is required. Contact TJ Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.679.4114.
- Destination Dignity Conference on March 14-15: there will be a family and life conference, Destination Dignity, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, SC. It is sponsored by St. Mary Magdalene Church, St. Francis Hospital, and the Office of Family Life. Talks will include topics on marital communication, chastity, abortion, pornography, and human trafficking with nationally known speakers. For more information: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday “Knight” Lenten Seafood Dinner at Prince of Peace 5:30-7pm (Fridays during Lent) served in PAC (dine in and take out options). Cost is $7/adult, $5/senior (65+yo), $5/child (<12yo), free for children 4 and younger. Max cost is $25 per family. All proceeds go to local charities!
- St. Rafka’s Pasta Dinner on Thursday, March 6 beginning at 5:30pm. Includes minestrone soup, salad, Italian meatloaf, bread and dessert for $6/adult and $4/child.
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Fraternity will host a Secular Franciscan Lenten Retreat at St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall (307 Gower Street) on Saturday March 15th from 9am to 3:30 pm. Open to all at no cost. Speakers, Stations of the Cross, Mass and Confession included. Lunch provided. Registration required. Contact: Alice Ramos,OFS (864) 246-1684 or email: email@example.com.
- Penance Service on Monday, March 31 at 7pm at St. Mary Magdalene
- Lenten Retreat at Prince of Peace 25 March with Fr. Jeordi 7p-10p and 26 March 7.30p-10.30p.