Experience a Life-Changing Lent

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During the season of Lent, from March 1 to April 13, the Church offers the faithful many ways to remember and reflect upon the Passion of Christ. Stations of the Cross invite parishioners to walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus. The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers an opportunity to experience God’s mercy through penance. Several musical presentations scheduled during Lent will offer a unique and beautiful way to encounter Christ through music.

Lent is a season of conversion and preparation during the 40 days leading up to the Resurrection of the Lord at Easter. Catholics are called to an increased practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. May the resources found on this page guide you to experience a life-changing Lent by bringing you to a closer relationship with Christ.

Resources

Bishop Noonan Reflects on the Season of Lent
“May we make God our priority in all things, as God promises us, “I will never forget you.”

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2017
In his Lenten Message, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.

Faith Fit Radio
Stay connected to your faith and experience renewal this Lenten season with weekly live shows and podcasts from local priests, religious and lay people of the Diocese of Orlando. Listen at www.FaithFitRadio.org, catch up with our podcasts at www.soundcloud.com/faithfitradio or by downloading the Tune In app and searching “Faith Fit Radio”.

40 Ways to Mercy Calendar
This calendar from Catholic Charities of Central Florida will help you share God’s love with others inspired by daily scripture, service opportunities and more. The calendar also includes resources to help guide you through Lent including a gratitude prayer, wisdom from the saints, and weekly catechism readings.

Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl
Encounter the season of Lent through daily reflections and weekly stories about families from different countries illustrating a principal of Catholic social teaching – an essential element of Catholic faith that says every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family.

Lectio Divina
Meditate on the Word of the Lord with this Lectio Divina from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read, reflect and pray on your own or invite others to join you for these meditations for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent. Lectio Divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It involves focused reading of Scripture (lectio), meditation on the Word of God (meditatio), contemplation of the Word and its meaning in one’s life (contemplatio) and ends with prayer (oratio).

Events

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe offers daily Reconciliation Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Find a Parish near you.

Faith Fit Lenten Challenge

March 3-24, 2017
Create a small group of your friends, coworkers or family for weekly meeting to read the Faith Fit “Daily Inspirational Message” and discuss the blessings and challenges to being “Faith Fit.” At the end of the challenge, share a reflection about your experience with us at news@orlandodiocese.org for possible publication in the Florida Catholic. Visit www.befaithfit.org to sign up for daily inspirational emails of the daily reflection or download the app from the iTunes or Google store. Search “Faith Fit.”

Tenebrae with the Basilica Choir

Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
The Basilica Choir will perform the “Tenebrae” (Latin for “shadows and darkness”), an ancient service highlighting the gradual extinguishing of candles accompanied by a series of readings and sung choral repertoire, which will leave the Basilica in darkness at the conclusion.

Chrism Mass

April 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral in Orlando
Join Bishop Noonan for the celebration of Mass where he will bless the holy oils: sacred chrism, oil of catechumens and oil of the sick. The Chrism Mass is also an opportunity for all priests to renew their priestly commitment and for jubilarian priests celebrating 25, 50, and other significant anniversaries to be honored.