Christ The King Parish

Lenten Resources

 

Welcome to our resource page,
we hope this page will help you with your
Lenten Journey

 

 



CHRIST THE KING PARISH 2020

Communion: Bishop Da Cunha in union with the other Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts is insisting that all unnecessary contact amongst the faithful and with the clergy be avoided at this time, thus, we will not be allowed to continue our practice of offering Communion from 3 PM to 5 PM on Sundays for the foreseeable future. Reconciliation by appointment only on Saturdays between 1 PM and 3 PM can continue, please call the office by Fridays at 4 PM to schedule.

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Mass – Monday through Friday at 8:30 AM; Thursdays at 5:30 PM,
Saturday at 4 PM; Sunday at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM.
Rosary – Monday through Friday at 8 AM
Eucharistic Adoration – Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM
Stations of the Cross – Friday at 4 PM

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Public Celebrations Prohibited – all liturgies Live-Streamed from the Main Church.

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 4/5
Palms will be blessed and the Passion according to St. Matthew will be proclaimed.
Saturday – 4 PM; Sunday – 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:30 PM
Palms blessed at the Saturday evening Mass will be available in baskets along the edge of the sanctuary in the Church from 5:30 PM to 7 PM on Saturday evening (April 4),
and again on Sunday (April 5) from 12 PM to 5 PM.

 

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – APRIL 6, 7, 8
Mass Live-Streamed from the Chapel at 8:30 AM

SACRED TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY (April 9)
No Morning Mass. Lent ends at sunset.
EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – 7 PM – Night Prayer at 10 PM

GOOD FRIDAY (April 10)
SERVICE OF THE PASSION – 3 PM
Stations of the Cross – 7 PM

HOLY SATURDAY (April 11)
SOLEMN VIGIL OF EASTER – 7 PM

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (April 12)
MASSES OF EASTER AT 8AM, 9:30AM & 11AM

 


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The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s Lenten message:

“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20)

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During Lent (and long after) we hope you’ll check in regularly with our blog. Posts will be from, Fr. Edward Healey, and Deacon David Pierce.

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For children or grandchildren,  go to our resource page for printable games, puzzles, coloring or web activities and videos for the children in your family.

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Lent is a season that calls us:

to fast from discontent and to feast on gratitude;
to fast from anger and to feast on patience;
to fast from bitterness and to feast on forgiveness;
to fast from self-concern and to feast on compassion;
to fast from discouragement and to feast on hope;
to fast from laziness and to feast on commitment;
to fast from complaining and to feast on acceptance;
to fast from lust and to feast on respect;
to fast from prejudice and to feast on understanding;
to fast from resentment and to feast on reconciliation;
to fast from lies and to feast on the truth;
to fast from wasted time and to feast on honest work;
to fast from grimness and to feast on joy;
to fast from suspicion and to feast on trust;
to fast from idle talk and to feast on prayer and silence;
to fast from guilt and to feast on the mercy of God.


 

This Lent, foster a daily practice of spiritual calm where God is at the center. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series delivering fresh reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent. Each day’s message includes a quotation from the day’s Scripture readings and a brief reflection to spur meditation, prayer, and self-examination.

The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers. 

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This is an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises. Materials are modified from the longer retreat in The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ.

The eight-week schedule makes it perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat, but the adventure can be started at any time, on your schedule. Join in a flexible experience of daily prayer and reflection. Choose to commit to a regular period of prayer each day, or start with only one day a week. Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Lenten journey

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This Lent, become a spiritual athlete and join Tim for The Ignatian Workout for Lent. Each Monday he’ll share audio reflections accompanied by suggestions for prayer and action. Based on the book of the same name, the online retreat begins the week of Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter Week.

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Sacred Space is inspired by the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a sixteenth-century Basque, whose insights into God’s working with the human heart have been of great assistance to countless people over the centuries and are found more helpful than ever today.

Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits, and Loyola Press. The site originated in the offices of the Jesuit Communication Centre in Ireland in 1999.

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This Lent, grow in your friendship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with a special series by the dotMagis bloggers. We share Fr. Barry’s meditations for the Wednesdays of Lent and a reflection inspired by each.

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From Ashes to Glory invites you to take up the practice of reflecting on your day, its gifts and graces, and the progress you are making in life with Christ. It’s a way of praying the Examen through Lent, with materials by Joseph Tetlow, SJ.

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The Lunchtime Examen invites you to pause at noontime (or whatever time fits your calendar) to review your day in the presence of God. This six-session series is led by Jim Manney, author of A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen.

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Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent with Arts & Faith: Lent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of spiritual renewal through the lens of sacred art.

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5 MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO MEDITATION

The Third Week of Lent

 Reflection for the Fourth Week of Lent 2020   –   Reflection for the Fifth Week of Lent 2020


Preparation for Lent
By Becky Eldredge
Before Lent begins, turn to Jesus and ask, “What is the grace you
desire to deepen within me over these next 40 days?”

A Blessing and a Curse
By Andy Otto
Otto posits that Lent is a chance to grapple with the paradox of the
cross as blessing and curse.

Where Have We Not Yet Surrendered Our Lives to God?
By Marina McCoy
In Lent, we consider where we have not yet surrendered our lives to
God, in concrete and practical ways.

Connecting with the Stations of the Cross
By Kerry Weber
Weber shares how she connected with the Stations of the Cross in
this excerpt from her book, Mercy in the City.

The Language of the Cross
By Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ
Tetlow explores the idea that Jesus’ Passion brings us to embrace the world as it really is.

Come as You Are to Jesus
By Rebecca Ruiz
Jesus doesn’t demand perfection and is waiting for you this Lent.

Pilgrims in Paris and a Lesson for Lent
By Cara Callbeck
The experience of a pilgrim journeying to a shrine is like the experience of Lent.


“A Concord Pastor Comments, On Life, Worship and Spirituality in the Roman Catholic Church” a blog by Fr. Austin Fleming, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, serving for the last 20 years in Concord MA. Fr. Fleming is a wonderful writer who will enrich your Lenten journey.

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Join Dynamic Catholic for The Best Lent Ever ~ We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your Best Lent Ever?

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10 tips for making the season more meaningful

1. Slow Down – Set aside 10 minutes a day for silent prayer or meditation. It will revitalize your body and your spirit.
2. Read a good book – You could choose the life of a saint, a spiritual how-to, an inspirational book or one of the pope’s new books.
3. Be kind – Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else every day.
4. Get involved – Attend a Lenten lecture or spiritual program.
5. Volunteer at your parish – Whether it’s the parish fish fry, cleaning the church or helping with the food drive, it will give you a chance to help others.
6. Reach out – Invite an inactive Catholic to come with you to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.
7. Pray – Especially for people you don’t like and for people who don’t like you.
8. Tune out – Turn off the television and spend quality time talking with family members or friends.
9. Clean out closets – Donate gently used items to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
10. Donate – Google “Catholic Missions.” Then pick one mission and decide how you can help by sending money, clothing or supplies.

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season when Christians are called to deepen their spiritual lives through the practices of fasting, prayer, and alms-giving. The belief is that our consistent participation in these practices — like the exercise we do for our physical health — improves our spiritual well-being by stripping away all that is unnecessary and becoming more mindful of how God is working in our lives. Challenge yourself this year, and go beyond the usual practice of “giving up” something. Now is a great time to take stock of your spiritual life and to grow in it. Not sure where to start? Check out these 25 ideas:

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We offer resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate the holy three days following Lent.

May Our Lord grant us all the graces we need and desire.

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By doing for others, I am giving up my time.
Acts of sacrifice from the Association of the Miraculous Medal

 

 

Pray daily for those in need
Share your love of our Blessed Mother with a child
Run errands for someone who is sick or elderly
Donate items to a food pantry/soup kitchen
Say the rosary for the sick, lonely, and homeless
Send a greeting card to a shut-in
Donate clothing to a thrift shop or homeless shelter
Help an elderly neighbor or friend with a chore
Read a Psalm each day
Read to someone in a nursing home
Visit someone who is sick

VIDEOS FOR LENT

Preparing for Lent 

Click to view the whole Ascension Presents Lenten Series


Everything You Need To Know Before LENT 


Lent | Catholic Central 


Lent in 3 Minutes 

VIDEOS FOR CHILDREN


Lent 


Important Days During Lent~ Bible Story for Children