Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 17th. In unity with Catholics throughout the world, we enter into the season of Lent by spiritually turning back to God through the practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Go deeper into the Lenten journey by joining our community for any (or all!) of the parish-wide programs listed below.

Learn more about the season of Lent...

"Almsgiving" Projects

We invite you to join in our two parish-wide service projects: the One Heart Lent Program to benefit Cor Unum and Easter Baskets for the children of Lazarus House.  We realize that there are a lot of great programs in which to participate and we selected these two based on their ability to provide much-needed support to members of our local communities and their alignment with our parish's own mission of service to others.

Easter Baskets

Our Religious Education program invites our parish community to join the families in their program in support of providing Easter Baskets to the child clients of Lazarus House.  Donations of any of the following may be brought to the parish center Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 2:30 PM by March 29th: easter toys, books, candy, baskets, grass filler, children's socks, coloring books and crayons, face masks and gift cards from Walmart and Target.

Cor Unum - One Heart Program

The One Heart Lent Program directly supports the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence.  This is a simple program for the entire family by which 100% of donations go directly to feeding hundreds of people every day.  Clip out the label on this flier and attach it to a jar.  Make a commitment to sacrifice a daily amount of money to the jar.  At the end of Lent, donations are mailed to the address on the label.  A program guide provides daily spiritual reflections for the season of Lent.  Visit CorUnumMealCenter.org for complete info.

Diaper Drive

Communities Together is conducting their annual diaper drive during Lent.  Please help by donating diapers and Pull-Ups®  in all sizes throughout Lent in the blue bins designated in the back of St. Augustine Church. The diapers will be distributed by Neighbors In Need to various Merrimack Valley non-profits.  Volunteers have been delivering diapers directly to homes during the pandemic.  FMI, call Klara Vajda at 508-265-3883.

Parish Mission

Wednesday Evening Series - Who Are We Becoming as We Live this Journey?

Join us virtually via live-stream at 7pm with Fr. Ray Dlugos
February 24th - The Journey and Gratitude
March 3rd - Humility and Compassion
March 10th - Generosity and Love
March 17th - Adoration

Available March 24th - New Life Together in God: The Easter Vigil in Augustine's Church with Professor Joseph Kelly, Merrimack College (this content will be pre-recorded)

Faith Sharing

Sign up now for Lenten Small Groups
Around the Lenten Circle - join us for a weekly discussion of the Sunday readings for Lent including prayer, reflection, sharing. Parish purchased. Please contact srmadonna@staugustineparish.org and those interested will determine the day and time.

Stations of the Cross

Praying the Stations of the Cross is a centuries-old devotion in the church by which the faithful make a spiritual journey with Christ while He carries His cross on the way to be crucified. It is a devotion that may be prayed at any time, but particularly on Fridays in Lent. While St. Augustine Parish has traditionally prayed the Stations of the Cross communally on Friday evenings in Lent, while COVID-19 protocols are in place, we are pleased to offer this virtual version.

Resources for Reflection

Downloadable booklets

Words for the Weary - Daily Reflections for Lent 2021 by Ann Naffziger

Journey Through Lent - Weekly Reflections by Art Zannoni

 

Daily Emails for Reflection

Daily Video Reflections from USCCB - click here...

40 Days to Peace and Union with God with Fr. John Bartunek from RC Spirituality - sign up at rcspirituality.org

Word on Fire with Bishop Robert Barron - sign up at wordonfire.org

Best Lent Ever with Matthew Kelley from Dynamic Catholic - sign up at dynamiccatholic.com

 

Recommended Apps

My Catholic Life! - very comprehensive app of all things Catholic - free with (subtle) ads - find it at the App Store on iOS or at Google Play Store for Android