Our Lenten Journey 2017 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. This year, our parish family of St. John the Evangelist does not ask the question, "What are you giving up for Lent?" Our parish family asks the question, "What are you going to do this Lent that will help you grow in holiness?"
To answer that question, we are inviting each of our families to participate in one or more of these Lenten activities. May these spiritual practices help each of us individually, as a family and as a parish family grow in holiness during these next forty days in our journey to Easter.
Stations of the Cross and Mass on the Fridays of Lent
Join us each Friday of Lent for Stations of the Cross, which begin at 6:30 p.m., with Mass following at 7:00p.m. The Mission Society will host a Lenten Soup Supper at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, followed by Stations fo the Cross and Mass.
CRS Rice Bowl
Go to www.crsricebowl.org to find meatless recipes from countries throughout the world! Prepare these dishes for your family to show your children what families eat in other countries in the world.
Best Lent Ever
This past Christmas, each family at St. John's Parish received the book by Matthew Kelly entitled, "Resisting Happiness." Sign up online at www.BestLentEver.com to receive daily prayers, inspiring short videos and spiritual exercises for the forty days fo our Lenten Journey 2017
"Our Sunday Rest"
On the Sundays of Lent, make the Lord's Day holy. Go to Sunday Mass as a family; do no work nor household chores except for what is absolutely necessary; fast from technology, gaming, computers and social media; do not go shopping this day; play board games or cards as a family; go to the park and take a walk together; eat Sunday dinner together; visit family members or neighbors. God rested on the seventh day and God calls us to do the same. Make Sunday a day of renewal in body, mind and spirit. By taking a "Sunday Rest" on the Sundays during Lent, see how different your family life becomes!