Lent

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.
-USCCB
 
 

RCIA

 
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
 
Weekly Confessions/Penance
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.
 
 
 

Lenten Masses

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
 

Penance/Confession

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
 
Adult Confirmation 
(date TBD)
 
Click here to learn more about RCIA for Adults and click here for children (unbaptized 7 years or older) 
 
 

Learn Music For Lent – Click here for individual songs

One way to draw closer in community is to share in a common discipline. As we enter into season of Lent, we have an opportunity to pray together in a unique way.
 
We have produced a wallet-sized card with a different “promise” for each week of Lent inspired by that Sunday’s Gospel. The promise for the week will be included in the Universal Prayer at Mass and will be printed in the bulletin.
 
The cards will be included in prayer at Christ the Teacher School and in the Religious Education Program.
 
We extend the promise to our sick and homebound and to all our parish ministries, groups and committees. In this way we hope to invite as many members of our worship community into this simple Lenten experience.
 
The promise cards for each week will be placed near the holy water font in the Main Church and on the table in the vestibule in the Church on the Hill.
 
Young, old and in between, we all need encouragement to live out Lent. It doesn’t have to be a solitary practice that only the well-disciplined can manage.
 
When we know that the folks around us in the pews and in the sanctuary are all working on the same discipline for the week, we are encouraged to keep our promises. In the desert, Jesus promised to serve the one true God.
 
In the first week of Lent we will focus together on keeping our promises and commitments.
Donna Cole, MPM, Pastoral Program Consultant

Lenten Services and Activities Calendar

We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly.
 
From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever? Sign up here.
 
Watch video below.