This year, Lent begins on February 18 as we observe Ash Wednesday. It continues through the afternoon of Holy Thursday, April 2, and ends as we begin the Sacred Paschal Triduum with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Video clip: Ash Wednesday and Lent in two minutes
Help children enter into the spirit of Lent with Lenten Family Focus.
The season of preparation for baptism is upon us. With the catechumens, who become the elect when the bishop calls them to the sacraments of initiation, we enter a time of renewal, founded on The Three Pillars of Lent:
These penitential practices prepare us to renew our own baptismal commitment during the Sacred Paschal (Easter) Triduum. In 2015 Lenten Sunday preaching at Saint Jude Church will focus on what it means to live our Baptismal Promises (printable).
Pope Francis speaks to us about Lent.
At Saint Jude Church we observe the season in many ways, all in preparation for our celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Why not print for your fridge, or transfer to your phone, our Saint Jude
LENTEN WORSHIP : Saint Jude Celebrates Lent 2015
TRIDUUM SCHEDULE: Triduum Schedule 2015
or this gift from the Catholic Bishops of the USA, the Lenten Calendar 2015.
THURSDAY EVENINGS IN LENT: Join us to explore how we grow in and share our faith.
Mass in church at 6:00 p.m.
Soup and Bread Supper in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion at 7:00 p.m.
Night Prayer to close the evening.
We have four of the Thursday evenings, above. On the fifth evening, March 19, we celebrate the Mass of Saint Joseph on his feast day at 6:00 p.m. Soup and bread super will be offered in the parish hall after Mass. At 7:00 p.m., we celebrate our PARISH LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE.
The final Thursday evening, March 26, after 6:00 p.m. Mass we celebrate our PARISH SEDER SUPPER in the parish hall. Lamb and turkey are provided. Please bring a covered dish.
Don’t forget our SAINT JUDE FRIDAYS during Lent:
Stations of the Cross at 1:00 p.m.
Mass at 6:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross (after Mass) at 6:30 p.m.
You will find VIDEO STATIONS OF THE CROSS on our pages throughout the season. The first station is on Ash Wednesday and the Stations continue on each Sunday of Lent and throughout Holy Week.
During the Triduum, we observe the PASCHAL WATCH, in the church and at home, as we keep vigil, marking these days as an annual time of retreat and reflection. It’s important that people be in the church, in prayer and reflection, between all the liturgical services, from immediately after the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, until Great Paschal Evensong on Easter Sunday afternoon. You’ll find a guide to prayer watching in church, or for use at home, HERE: Paschal Watch Prayer
Make sure to follow the flow of the season’s Sundays and other commemorations using the list to the right, or the full liturgical calendar below.
HOW DOES LENT SOUND at Saint Jude Church?
Entrance Chant: Change Me, Lord
Penitential Act: Penitential Act Form B
Kyrie: Gregorian Mass XI “Orbis Factor”
Gospel Acclamation: Adoramus Te Christe
Sanctus (Holy): Gregorian Mass XVIII
Memorial Acclamation: ICEL chant “Save us, Savior of the world”
Agnus Dei (Lamb of God): Gregorian Mass XVIII
After Mass: Jesus, Remember Me
You can hear some of our Lenten hymns when you click on individual days of the season (to the right, or on the full liturgical calendar, below).
How did Lent begin and how did it develop to our way of keeping the season?
What are some customs we can follow to keep this season holy?
How about Lenten recipes?
How about some more ideas for your kitchen?