Lent 2018

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3rd Annual HRIC Lenten Mission

Location: Immaculate Conception Church, Newburyport
Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Dates: Monday–Wednesday, March 5–7
Speaker: Sr. Lisa Valentini, Missionary Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


Lenten Regulations

All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence for Catholics. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence.
Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should take these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.


The Light Is on for You

Please come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this LentThe Church encourages all Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation each Lent. In addition to our normal Saturday afternoon confession times, our Collaborative and all the Catholic parishes and chapels of the Archdiocese will be open on Lenten Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to make a good Lenten confession. Please also reach out to Catholics you know who have been away from the regular practice of our faith and invite them to seize this chance to begin again. The Archdiocese’s website for this initiative has great materials to help everyone prepare to make a good confession, including videos on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, sheets on how to make a good confession, answers to frequently-asked questions, and more. Visit www.thelightisonforyou.org.

Lenten Reconciliation Times at Immaculate Conception and Holy Redeemer

Confessions are heard every Saturday at Immaculate Conception from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Confessions are heard every Saturday before the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Nativity or St. Ann. Please see the calendar for Mass schedule rotation.

In addition to the weekly schedule for confessions, additional times have been added for Lent
February 21,  Confessions at Immaculate Conception (6:30 - 8:00pm)
February 28, Confessions at Nativity (6:30 - 8:00pm)
March 14, Penance Service at Immaculate Conception at 7:00pm
March 21, Confessions at Saint Ann (6:30 - 8:00pm)
March 28, Confessions at Immaculate Conception (6:30 - 8:00pm)

Stations of the Cross

All are welcome to join in at this traditional Lenten devotion.
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday during Lent beginning at 7:00 p.m. at both Immaculate Conception Church, Newburyport and Nativity Church, Merrimac.
Before Stations at Nativity, a "Simple Supper" will be served in the hall beginning at 6:00. There is no cost for the meal. All are welcome

Helping our Homeless

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
The Newburyport YWCA has conducted its annual census of the homeless in our community. And, while statistics are not yet available, it is expected there are close to 500 homeless people in our community and over half of them are children! In an effort to ease the suffering and as a Collaborative-wide Lenten observance, we again will be collecting “Homeless Care Packs” in all three churches. A Homeless Care Pack is a one-gallon Ziploc bag filled with personal care items for men and women. They will be distributed to local agencies serving our homeless, including our own Pelican Intervention Fund, St. Vincent de Paul, Pettengill House, Salvation Army, and Community Service, as well as distributed by our youth attending the annual 20-hour famine. Travel-size personal care items are the best size and can be found in most pharmacies in the area. There will be a collection box at the entrance of each church. For more information or to help, please contact Jonathan Temple, 978-809-9337 or jntemple@comcast.net. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.
Items needed
Toothbrush     Toothpaste     Deodorant     Razor     Socks     Gloves     Shaving Cream
Cough drops     Protein bars     Soap     Life Savers candy     Disposable face cloths     Kleenex packs
Hand sanitizer     Feminine hygiene products (Women)     Umbrellas     Antiseptic wipes     Please: no loose items

Daily Mass Schedule

Daily Mass is celebrated at the following locations:
Mondays, 9:00 at Nativity, Merrimac
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7:15 at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport
Fridays, 9:00 at St. Ann, West Newbury
Our weekend Mass schedule can be found here.

Eucharistic Adoration

Immaculate Conception St. James Chapel, Fridays at 8:00 a.m.

Centering Prayer for Lent

Our Lenten reflection on Jesus' words and works reveals Jesus' intimate relationship with his Father. We see the depth of Jesus' faith, trust and love for God. This relationship developed through prayer. Often we see Jesus withdraw from the crowds and even his apostles to pray alone in silence. Jesus tells us “When you pray, go into your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father  who is in that secret place, and your Father who see all that is done in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:6).  In Centering Prayer you enter your private room.
Lent is a time to follow Jesus more closely and learn from the fully human Jesus how to pray by entering your secret room, spending time that places God at the center of your life, opening yourself to a loving Father, surrendering your will and in trust allowing God to transform you.  This is how we pray as we Center in silence.
Through pray, Jesus strengthened and moved by his Father’s love for him could willingly surrender his human life for love and reveal our God to us. Through the Paschal Mystery Jesus of Nazareth was transformed to become Jesus the Christ. We too can be transformed through prayer that unites us to God. Lent is the time to pray as Jesus taught us and enter into the Paschal Mystery, receiving new life in God through death to self.
Centering Prayer is an ancient Christian practice available to all who seek transformation through a more intimate relationship with God. This daily practice deepens our faith as we come to better know our God as one who loves us unconditionally just as we are and trust God has plans to give us a future of hope.
Centering Prayer helps us say to the Father, “Not my will but yours be done” (Lk. 22: 42). Please consider joining us for weekly group Centering Prayer and let God move you closer to him.  If you are unable to attend on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm in Conference Room 209, you are welcome to contact me to explore this simple prayer of resting in God.
Contact: Elizabeth McCarthy 978-462-7483