During Lent, the Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms.
The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities.
Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
In a particular way during Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that “remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit.”
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 (RCIA), a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
On this page, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you “give up,” “take up,” and “lift up” during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.
Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.
1St Scrutiny (catechumens)
Sunday, March 19, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church.
2nd Scrutiny (catechumens)
Sunday, March 26, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church.
3rd Scrutiny (catechumens)
Sunday, April 2, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church.
*all dates are subject to change. Check this page or sign up for our newsletter for updates. For more lenten services and activities, please see Lenten Calendar below.
Quick View Lent Schedule
Wednesdays: 9am-9:30am and
Saturdays 4:45pm-5:15pm (main church only)
*Parishioners can request a special day and time for Penance by contacting the Rectory: info@MadonnaChurch.org or 201-944-2727.
March 1st – April 12th, Monday-Friday – 5:30pm
at Madonna Church (Stations of the Cross on Fridays after Lenten Mass)
Fridays 8pm – Korean-American Mass &
Stations of the Cross
Lenten Morning of Reflection-Finding God In All Things
Saturday, March 18th, 10am-1pm – Madonna Church
All hallmark of Ignation Spirituality is that God is found in every aspect of our lives: the good, the bad, and the mundane. Join us for a time at prayer to encounter God hard at work in our lives.
(Speaker: James Downer, SJ, Saint Peter’s University)
Sponsored by Madonna Rosary Society- open to all
Communal Penance Service
Monday April 3rd, 7pm for all parishioners at Madonna Church
Religious Formation students
Sunday, March 12th, 10am, 3rd-4th grades
Sunday March 19, 10am, 5th & 6th grades
Sunday, March 26, 10am, 7th & 8th grades
Prepatory Rites (catechumens)
Saturday, April 15th, 8:30am (during Morning Prayer) at Madonna Church.
Easter Vigil (catechumens & candidates)
Saturday, April 15th, 8pm at Madonna Church