What is Lent?
Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics. (From US Catholic Bishops)
Church Guidelines for Catholics
The following guidelines must be applied according to one’s own state of health and wellbeing.
- Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence for Catholics from age 18 to 59.
- In addition Catholics who are 14 and older are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
- Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.
Lent Offerings at Stone Ridge
Lent Offerings at Stone Ridge
- Submit your prayer intentions and they will be remembered during our community prayers.
Lenten Resources for Personal, Family, or Classroom Prayer & Reflection
- RSCJ International Lenten Resources
- Lent & Sacred Heart Education
- Society of the Sacred Heart Spiritual Reflection Sign-up
- Ignatian Solidarity Network “Harden Not Your Hearts” daily Lenten emails
- Hallow Phone App
- Other Prayer Resources Can Be Found at: Faith SR
- United States Catholic Bishops
- Interfaith Power & Light Lenten Care Creation Calendars
- Lenten Calendar for Young Children
Employees and Parents
- Wednesday Mass 4:00–4:30 pm
- Rosary for Peace, Mondays and Thursdays 9:50 –10:10 am, Philippine Statue/Campus Walk
- First Friday Masses, March 6 and April 3, 9:50 am, Chapel
- Way of the Cross: Visit our Stations of the Cross in the Front Lawn Tree Grove. Guides available in the Chapel.
- Employee Spring Camping Retreat: April 8-10. Three cabins and four tent sites and a bathhouse is located centrally within the camping loop and is equipped with hot water showers/sinks and flush toilets. You are invited to attend for one or both nights. Sr. Diane Roche, RSCJ will be joining us for the retreat. RSVP: Kathryn Heetderks.
- Giving up coffee or soda for Lent? Collecting spare change? Join our LS and MS students and participate in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. Pick one up in the Chapel.
- Ash Wednesday Mass, March 2, 1:45 pm, Gym 3, Grades K-8
- Reconciliation, March 14, 10:15 am, Chapel
- Stations of the Cross, scheduled for each class individually
- Holy Week Prayer Service
- Grade 4 Retreat/Wider Circle Field Trip, Friday, March 20
- Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Program (Distributed in Classes, encouraged and optional!)
- Diaper Drive for Christ Child Society
- Ash Wednesday Mass, March 2, 1:45 pm, Gym 3 (Grades K-8)
- Lenten Morning Prayer at Assembly each week
- Middle School Stations of the Cross
- Grade 5 Retreat: April 13
- Lenten Recess Offerings each week on Monday (Gr 5/6) and Tuesday (Gr 7/8), Library
- First Friday Mass (Grade 7/8) March 6, April 3, 9:40 am, Chapel
- Rosary for Peace (All Grades, only possible during Study Hall), Mondays and Thursdays 9:50–10:10 am, Campus Walk
- Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Program conducted by Campus Ministry and Student Council Representatives; optional
- Board Book collection (new and gently used) to benefit Christ Child Society
Ash Wednesday Mass, March 2, 8 am, Gym 3
First Friday Mass, March 6 and April 3, 9:40 am, Chapel
Rosary for Peace, Mondays and Thursdays 9:50 - 10:10, Philippine Statue/Campus Walk
1st Academic Retreat: March 16
2nd Academic Retreat: April 6
3rd Academic Kairos Retreats: March 9-11; March 30-April 1
Lenten Prayer Service, Wed. April 1, 8:00 am
Social Action Days: March 16, April 16
SCG Groups will be coordinating a number of opportunities for almsgiving during Lent. Look for announcements in Weekly Updates
Undergarment / Feminine Hygiene Drive - GirlUP, GenERAtion Ratify, and Not for Sale SCG are joining forces to collect menstrual products (tampons and sanitary pads), gently used / new bras of all kinds and sizes, and NEW underwear (must have tags and if possible still in package) to benefit the clients of S.O.M.E and I Support the Girls. Please bring in items to the Academic Building entrance. Thanks for your generosity.