LENT: Spiritual Warfare

The Christian life is a battle against the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Lent is a time especially set aside for this combat. Each week during Lent, we will train with one of the weapons that God has given us to fight the good fight of the faith. This training will help us resist temptation so we can grow in holiness and be ready to participate in Christ’s victory over Satan on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. OLL parishioners and LANE students will receive weekly emails throughout Lent.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

During Lent, our parish will introduce the optional devotion of praying to St. Michael immediately following Mass. We will ask him to aid us in our personal and corporate fight against the Devil and his minions. Learn more with LANE.

CRS Rice Bowl

Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our brothers and sisters across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and climate change, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all.

Friday Fish Fries

The Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry on all Lenten Fridays from 4:45–6:30 p.m. Choose between dine-in and takeout options. This is a great way to participate in our parish community while abstaining from eating meat on Fridays. Tips will be donated to the following causes:

  • February 16: St. Francis de Sales Kitchen Upgrades
  • February 23: Haiti Mission Sunday Meals
  • March 1: West Michigan Seminarians
  • March 8: Corpus Christi Catholic School
  • March 15: Compassionate Heart
  • March 22: St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

Friday Stations of the Cross

Follow our Lord through his Passion and Death. A different group will lead the Stations each Lenten Friday at 7 p.m.

  • February 16: OLL Parishioners
  • February 23: Women of the Word
  • March 1: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
  • March 8: Corpus Christi Catholic School
  • March 15: OLL Parishioners (in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel)
  • March 22: Crafty Ladies

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confessing our sins and receiving absolution restores our ability to fight the good fight of the faith. Confession will be offered at the following times and by appointment:

  • Every Wednesday, 6 p.m.
  • Every Saturday, 9 a.m. (canceled on Holy Saturday)
  • Thursday, March 14, 5–8 p.m. (“The Light Is ON for You” event throughout our diocese)
  • Tuesday, March 19, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 6–7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2–3 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration

As usual, Adoration will take place every Thursday from 3–9 p.m.

The regular first Friday Adoration on March 1 will begin after the 9 a.m. Mass but end early at 6:30 p.m. to accommodate the Stations of the Cross.

See below for information on the 40 Hours Devotion that is part of our Christ at the Center event on March 14-17.

On Holy Thursday, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following Mass until midnight.

Christ at the Center: 40 Hours Devotion, Self-Guided Retreat, & Tabernacle Relocation

March 14-17

The traditional 40 Hours Devotion will give our parish an opportunity to repent of our sins during Lent and to center our parish life on the Eucharist during the Eucharistic Revival. It will also prepare us to celebrate the relocation of our tabernacle to the heart of our parish at Masses on March 16–17. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration in the chapel for 40 hours over three days, representing the 40 days of Lent and the 40 hours that Christ’s Body lay in the tomb. Parishioners are invited to sign up for one or more hours of Adoration and to take a self-guided retreat in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Then the Blessed Sacrament will be processed from the chapel to the main church during the Sunday Masses.

  • Thursday: Mass at 9 a.m. followed by Adoration until 2 a.m. on Friday, Confession from 5–8 p.m.
  • Friday: Mass at 9 a.m. followed by Adoration until 2 a.m. on Saturday, Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Confession at 9 a.m., Adoration from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mass at 5 p.m. followed by a celebration in the hall
  • Sunday: Masses at 9 and 11 a.m. followed by celebrations in the hall

Click Here to Sign Up for the 40 Hours Devotion

St. Joseph’s Table: March 9–19

On the Solemnity of St. Joseph, it is customary to bless food and give it to the poor. In the weeks before the feast we will collect food for the St. Vincent de Paul Center on a table in front of the statue of St. Joseph in the narthex. Then Fr. Michael will bless the food at the end of the noon Mass on March 19. Parishioners are invited to donate cereal, 1 lb. bags of pinto beans, 1 lb. bags of long grain rice, canned beans, canned vegetables, pasta, spaghetti sauce, and deodorant.

Service Trip to the St. Vincent de Paul Center: March 21

All parishioners are invited to meet at OLL at 6:30 p.m. to load up the donations from St. Joseph’s Table and deliver them to the St. Vincent de Paul Center. There we will help sort and shelve the food, get a tour of the center, and hear about how we can aid the center in its mission to serve the poor.

Easter Flower Offering

During Lent, parishioners are invited to make a donation to the Easter Flower Fund in honor of a living or deceased family member, loved one, or friend. Donations can also be made in thanksgiving to God for a significant anniversary, birthday, or another special occasion. The names of those memorialized or honored will be published during the Easter season. The Easter Flower Offering will help us decorate the parish during Easter Time and throughout the whole year! Please submit your name, address, and the name(s) of the honorees to the parish office with your donation no later than March 30. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Kraus, Liturgical Coordinator. Thank you for your generosity!

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