The Season of Lent

Suffering and hardship are part of the universal human experience, albeit not evenly shared. This pandemic has affected us all, some have experienced sickness and exhaustion, loss of work or increased burdens at work, isolation and loneliness, stress and discord among family, friends, and neighbors, or monotony in the face of restrictions. We have been forced to make sacrifices.

Easy question to ask, a hard answer to model: have we embraced these crosses? Have we born their weight simply because they were thrust upon us, conscripted, like Simon of Cyrene? Or have we accepted these burdens out of care and compassion for the trials of another?

Have we entered prayer, accepted a sacrifice, or done an act of charity to help another?

This Lent, I invite all parishioners to ask God to reveal the depths of his identity: Father, Son, Spirit. Practice with eyes of faith to envision the God to whom we pray. Place God at the center of our lives this Lent. Pray the Creed – and look for the ways God continues to unfold these wonderful mysteries before us in our lives. Be reminded, that while we may be separated from others physically, we are never separated from the presence of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. With this truth, allow the Holy Spirit to unite us in prayer. In addition to trusting our growth and ongoing conversion to our merciful and loving God, let us daily invoke the intercession of Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Joseph, for our sake and for the sake of all God’s people.

 

Lenten Observances

PRAYER

Daily Mass

“In the Eucharist is all the power that created the universe and all the love that redeemed it!” Join us for daily Mass and receive the Lord’s power & love to help you meet the challenges of each day.

Monday – Saturday
8:15 am (Church & Livestream)

OLPH Lenten Reflections

This Lenten Season the OLPH Parish Staff has prepared a compilation of daily reflections based on the Mass reading for that particular day. In writing these reflections the aim was to encourage you to put your faith and trust in Jesus and share that gift with others. This year these reflections are enriched by the beauty of the Nicene & Apostle’s Creed. To sign up for these reflections, please click here and sign up by Feb. 17th.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Expanded Opportunities
 

The sacrament of Reconciliation is about the mercy of Jesus Christ. The mercy of the love of Jesus, through this sacrament, breaks the power of shame and hurt of sin and restores our relationship with God. Come, experience the power of the Father’s love waiting for you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

During Lent there will be several opportunities for Reconciliation:

  • Wednesdays -11:00am – 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm offered outdoors
  • Friday afternoons at OLPH: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm inside the Good Shepherd Room
  • Saturday afternoons at OLPH: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm inside the Good Shepherd Room

 

Eucharistic Adoration
Expanded Opportunities 

The Church adores the real presence of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration when the consecrated host is visible in the monstrance for prayer and worship. Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Wednesday beginning at 2:00 pm through Thursday at 8:00 am and Friday from 9 am -10 pm. This Lent, spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord’s peace, healing and spiritual refreshment at our Parish Chapel. Oh, Come Let us Adore Him!

Pray Through Song
OLPH on Spotify

OLPH’s Music Ministry team has curated a playlist for Lent. Click to listen. 

FASTING

Lenten Norms for Fasting and Abstinence

Catholics, age 14 and over, are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays during the season of Lent. Adult Catholics, ages 18 through 59, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is observed by eating only one full meal and two lighter meals that day and by refraining from eating between meals. Individuals who are pregnant, nursing, or ill are excused from these norms.

The Benefits of Fasting: 

  • Fasting awakens the heart to the intimate presence of God in one’s soul. 
  • Fasting encourages more serious reflection about the priorities in our lives.
  • Fasting strengthens our sense of dependence upon God. 
  • Fasting sharpens our sensitivity to the spiritual dimension of life. 
  • Fasting strengthens our ability to say ‘yes’ to God and ‘no’ to sin. 
  • Fasting develops a greater appreciation for the gifts of God, especially food and drink. 
  • Fasting purifies us, spiritually as well as physically. 

Ways to Fast:

  • Meatless meals on the Fridays of Lent should be simple, sacrificial, and lead us to reach out in generosity to those who are less fortunate through some act of charity.
  • The classic form of fasting involves giving up food or drink.  Yet as we choose to give up something that distracts from valuable use of our time, we create room for good habits and we gain control over our lives – the same control that is needed to say “yes” to God. In place of television or video games, take action to spend time with those we love or in quiet prayer with God or in acts of service to others. 

40 Days for Life

A Special Call to Prayer and Fasting for an End to Abortion 

This Lent, our parish is again joining a nationwide, ecumenical prayer event to help bring an end to abortion. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, Christ-like prayer vigil with participants committing to prayer for one hour per week. Prayer can take place outside of the Hillcrest Clinic on Rt. 40, or at home or in church. For more information on how you can participate please visit www.40daysforlife.com.

ALMSGIVING

Almsgiving: Give Of Time, Talent & Treasure

Almsgiving is not only an offering of money to those in need but an attitude of generosity and a willingness to share in the burdens of others. Almsgiving is closely tied to fasting – whatever we save (money or time) should be offered to the needy. For a comprehensive list of ways to serve, visit https://olphparish.org/our-parish-life/how-can-i-serve/ 

Ways to give alms this Lent: 

SALT 

Just as salt is a necessary part of life, so is the Christian called to be a necessary part of the world! SALT, an OLPH outreach ministry, is a hands-on ministry in service to the poor and needy of Baltimore City. There are many expressions of SALT and one that fits you! To learn more about SALT and find your perfect place of service in Him, visit www.olphparish.org/salt

Lenten Poor Box Collections

Help support those in need by contributing to our Poor Box during Lent. The parish receives numerous requests each day for help. Your donations support the great works of OLPH St. Vincent in meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters. Thank you for your continued generosity!

Casseroles for Our Daily Bread

Catholic Charities Our Daily Bread is Maryland’s largest hot meal program, serving more than 250,000 meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year. Casserole pans and recipes can be picked up inside the church anytime and may be returned during Lent on the weekends of February 27/28 and March 27/28 to the freezer of the Parish Center kitchen prior to Mass.

Lenten Offerings and Special Events

Events are Chronologically Listed

Fridays in Lent

Whatever the time of day, OLPH has something happening on Fridays to enrich your Lenten journey.

  • 8:15 am Daily Mass*
  • 9:00 am Eucharistic Adoration*
    (Through the day/night until 10:00 pm)
  • 4:00-7:00 pm Confessions
  • 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross*

Special Lenten Friday Night Offerings
Check our website for registration details

  • 5:30 pm Feb. 19th – Family Holy Hour*
  • 7:30 pm Feb. 26th – Pastoral Prayer Service*
  • March 5th – Festival of Praise (FOP)*
  • March 12th – Brothers in the Lord*
  • March 19th – Tell Your Story Workshop*
  • March 26th – Youth in the Lord*

* Events also available via livestream on Facebook and
at OLPHParish.org/broadcast

Family Holy Hour Friday, February 19th

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Bring the children for an early Holy Hour in the Church and enjoy a time of rest and quiet reflection. The Holy Hour will include music, Scripture, thoughts to ponder, and quiet reflection. Stay for as long as you are able.

Church & Livestreamed.

No RSVP is required.

OLPH Lenten Parish Mission The God We Believe In: A God Who Saves

Led by Bishop Bruce Lewandowski

Mon – Wed, 2/22-2/24

6 pm – Holy Hour

7 pm – Monday Prayer Service – “I Believe”

Tuesday Prayer Service – “A God Who Saves”

Wednesday Closing Mass – “We are Saved and Sent”

Bishop Lewandowski will preach the Masses for the 1 st Sunday of Lent (Feb. 20-21) as well.

Church & Livestream.

Click here to register. 

Click here to learn more about the inspiration and theme of our 2021 Lenten Parish Mission.

Pastoral Prayer Service Friday, February 26th

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us after Stations for a time of prayer and reflection where we will focus on surrendering our hurts, anxieties, worries, and burdens to the Lord. During this prayer service, we will hear Scriptures from our Lenten readings focusing on surrender, healing, and comfort.

Church and Livestreamed.

No RSVP is required.

Lenten Festival of Praise, Friday, March 5th

7:30 pm

Join us as we move from Stations of the Cross into our monthly Festival of Praise where we pray, praise, and worship our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Church & Livestream.

No RSVP required.

Mary’s Way of the Cross Wed, March 3rd

7 pm – 8 pm

Mary’s way of the cross. A Special Event for Women – Praying the Stations of the Cross through the eyes of Mary. It is a Catholic tradition to meditate on the Way of the Cross, uniting our sufferings, falls, hurts, and resurrection with the way of Jesus. Mary’s Way of the Cross invites us to accompany Mary as she walks with Jesus to Calvary.

Church & Livestream.

No RSVP required.

Brothers In the Lord Holy Hour, Friday, March 12th

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A Holy Hour set aside for Men and their young Brothers. This special hour during our evening of Adoration will include worship, music, testimony, prayer, and reflection.

Church & Livestream.

No RSVP required.

Tell Your Story Workshop, Friday, March 19th

7:30 pm – 9 pm

You will learn, what your own story has to do with God’s GREAT story of salvation, how to overcome fears or struggles in sharing your story, and how to prayerfully prepare to share your story in organized ministry situations AND in the everyday life. Participants will be granted access to the series content.

Click here to register.

Church & Livestream.

Women’s Half-day Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 20th

9 am – noon

This special time will include worship, music, testimony, prayer, and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. In addition, attendees will be guided on how to recognize their story in relation to God’s Great Story of Salvation.

Click here to register.

Church & Livestream.

Youth In the Lord Holy Hour, Friday, March 26th

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A Holy Hour set aside for the Youth of our Parish (anyone under the age of 18). This special hour during our evening of Adoration will include worship, music, testimony, prayer, and reflection.

Church & Livestream.

No RSVP required.

Lenten Holy Days, Holy Week, and Easter Mass Schedules

ASH WEDNESDAY – February 17 

Mass with the blessing and distribution of ashes at 6:30 am, 8:15 am, 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm.
COVID modifications require ashes to be sprinkled above the individual’s head so that immediate contact is avoided. Mass reservations may be made through the parish website.

PALM SUNDAY – March 28

Palms will be blessed and distributed by Ministers of Hospitality at all weekend Masses

HOLY THURSDAY – April 1

8:15 am – Morning Prayer 7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight (in Parish Center)

GOOD FRIDAY – April 2 

(No 8:15 am Mass, No 4:30 pm Confessions)

8:15 am – Morning Prayer

3:00 pm – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, including Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion

HOLY SATURDAY – April 3 

(No 8:15 am or 4:30 pm Masses, No 3:00 pm Confessions)

8:15 am – Morning Prayer

THE EASTER VIGIL – April 3 

8:15 pm – Easter Vigil Mass 

EASTER SUNDAY – April 4 

Easter Masses celebrated at:
Easter Masses celebrated at: 7:30 am; 9:00 am (Church and Outdoor); 11:00am (Church and Outdoors); and 5 pm