Lent during Coronavirus Emergency

Mass Schedule

We will not be celebrating daily Mass during the coronavirus emergency. We will Facebook live-stream Mass from St. James Chapel at IC on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Please note this Mass is closed to the public. Please watch live from the comfort of your home.

Click here to go to our Facebook videos page.

Also join us live on Facebook Sundays at 9:30 a.m. to learn about the Mass with our Lifelong Faith Formation director, Aaron Giard.

Click here to download the Archdiocese of Boston's Holy Week Resources that you can use at home.

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.

Source: USCCB. Visit USCCB.org Lent pages to find more Lenten information.


Looking for something to do this Lenten season? Below are some suggestions.

Invitation to Grow in Our Faith

While recognizing your many family, work, and social commitments, the Forming Intentional Discipleship and Adult Faith Formation teams want to invite you to take advantage of the many opportunities available to you in the Holy Redeemer-Immaculate Conception Collaborative to become ever more intentional disciples of Christ in your daily lives.

If you would like to pray and reflect on the written word or inspirational videos in the privacy of your home, take advantage of the Collaborative’s offer to sign up for FORMED, a free online resource on faith formation for Catholics. Click here to link to our website's FORMED page or click here to go directly to the FORMED website.

Consider praying with the daily Mass Scriptures (listed each week in the bulletin), using the Lectio Divina method as described on the Collaborative website: https://www.hriccatholic.org/lectio-divina.

Whether or not you can participate in any of these offerings, let us together pray and work as one to proclaim the Gospel, confident that we are empowered and enlivened by the Holy Spirit to be the Body of Christ in this world.

HR St. Vincent de Paul Mite Boxes

During Lent, there is an emphasis on fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Please support our SVdP work by continuing to fill your mite box with donations throughout the Lenten season. No donation is too small and all of the money goes directly to support our Merrimac and West Newbury neighbors in need. 

Helping our Homeless

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
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 Pelican Intervention Fund, St. Vincent de Paul, Pettengill House, Salvation Army, YWCA, Community Service, and others.

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 in the lobby of the IC Pastoral Center for you to drop off your donations. For more information or to help, please contact Jonathan Temple, 978-809-9337. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.
Items needed:
Shampoo     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 and no mouthwash.

Community Service of Newburyport Donations

In addition to the Helping Our Homeless Care Pack program this Lent, we are piloting something new at IC. Community Service of Newburyport operates a pantry that
provides household essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, deodorant, laundry detergent, and
dish detergent for people in need. Many people in our community, and in particular clients of our St. Vincent de Paul Society, rely on Community Service to make ends
meet. When you shop for these items yourself, please consider picking up an extra and drop it off at church.
Unlike the care packs these should be full size items. You can find more information about Community Service at communityserviceofnewburyport.com. There is a bin in the
IC Parish Center Lobby. Alternatively you may consider dropping things off at Community Service of Newburyport directly. They're located behind St. Paul's Church just a few
doors down the street from the IC Church. If you do so please mention you're from Immaculate Conception Parish.

Stations of the Cross Online

Busted Halo offers a virtual Stations of the Cross. View it here: 


Online Resources

If you are looking for some Lenten inspiration from online sources, try these:

FORMED Lenten reflections: https://formed.org/promo/lent-registration

Bishop Barron’s 2020 Lenten Gospel Reflections: https://www.lentreflections.com/

Complimentary access to Living Faith reflections: https://mailchi.mp/bayard-inc/g2gkchgwf5-804349?fbclid=IwAR3798F4P5ztw2F2MepjqY1_TGxOBFyi-PlBTq8D4--_e_V-eXqoGnc5tJw

Loyola Press free ebook, 7 Ways to Practice Lent: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/articles/articles/seven-ways-to-practice-lent-ebook

Lent in 3 minutes Busted Halo: https://bustedhalo.com/video/watch-lent-3-minutes

Loyola Press Living Lent Daily emails: https://www.loyolapress.com/…/liturg…/lent/living-lent-daily

Ingatian Spirituality Resources and Reflections: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/lent

Kid-friendly printable Lenten activity calendar: http://catholicmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FINAL-2020-Lent-Calendar.pdf

USCCB Daily Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021820.cfm

Franciscan Media Lent with the Saints: https://info.franciscanmedia.org/lent?hsCtaTracking=6c488aa5-7491-48dd-a802-1054da25c70a%7C6dfeb1d2-4305-4f03-9d14-45f2b8dc3bfb

Lentspiration, Franciscan University: https://weare.franciscan.university/lent-inspiration-lockscreens/?fbclid=IwAR3VA2lULb8Whblp89kg2IEbCFmDq5MW2RdNEPn0m8Kx8nltkaiDBusgK38

Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever?utm_source=CathAdNet&utm_medium=Display&utm_campaign=BLE2020&utm_content=728x90MT

EWTN Lenten Meditations ebook: https://resources.ewtn.com/2020-lenten-meditations-ebook-offer/?utm_source=housefile&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020lentenebook&utm_content=offeremailnews&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8GMa6utDyKeldiFmZ5wNHTAi1MwKXIJkGZZNjixeuw1nul6FZzCdbo4_8CFlXgH8XuJeXfDPDxcohP16huq1U_Vxsniw&_hsmi=83726891

Relevant Radio's 40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass by Fr. Rocky: https://relevantradio.com/father-rockys-40-lenten-lessons-mass/

Archdiocese of Boston's VIRTUAL EVANGELIZATION message: Sent at 2:30PM every weekday with an idea or two in support of all of you. The message might also include any other relevant announcements related to parish or family life from the Archdiocese. Sign up at www.flocknote.com/boston.

Daily Mass streaming options:

http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass Viewers can watch these Masses on demand at any time at www.WatchtheMass.com.

EWTN broadcasts the daily Mass live at 8:00 a.m. Eastern from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the EWTN campus in Irondale, Alabama. At that time, you can watch live on TV on EWTN (check your local listings for channel number) or online via streaming at ewtn.com/tv/watch-live.