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Handy tips for preparing for confession
VATICAN CITY - As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.
After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession - "because we are all sinners" - the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."
The questions include: (partial list)
- Do I only turn to God when I'm in need?
- Do I take attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
- Do I begin and end the day with prayer?
- Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?
- Do I rebel against God's plan?
- Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?
- Am I honest and fair with everyone or do I fuel the "throwaway culture?"
For a complete list, read more
Bring Lent Home
This weekend, Jesus reminds us that "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Take the Scriptures and Bring It Home by giving up forty minutes of meal time this week. Deny
yourself one meal and take up the cross of those who will go hungry. At the end of the week, take what each lost meal might have been worth in your household and donate to a local charity the supports those hungry in your community.
NEW Lenten Series for 2015
Lenten Study Series For Adults: This year we will be doing Fr. Robert Barron’s brand new study titled Conversion: Following the Call of Christ. Join us each Sunday evening beginning this Sunday, February 22, at 6PM in the Hall. Light refreshments will be served.
In this film and study program, Fr. Robert Barron illuminates six biblical stories of conversion, demonstrating how six ordinary people, just like you, were met by Jesus where they were and called to a better life through him.
Penance Service-Tuesday, March 10, 7:00PM. Several priests will be available to hear confession immediately following the service.
There will be Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm. All are invited to attend.
Lenten Fasting and Abstinence: Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, who are in good health and not pregnant or nursing, are obliged to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (April 3). Fasting means eating only one full meal; two smaller meals (not equaling another full meal) are permitted. In addition, all Catholics 14 years and older abstain from meat on all the Fridays of Lent (the period between ash Wednesday and Easter). The eating of eggs, fish and milk products is allowed.
MEN's Formation/Bible Study:
The men's formation/bible study group is now forming. The group meets the first and third Thursday each month. We begin in the chapel at 6:30 for rosary followed by study and discussion from 7:00-8:30. Please come out and join us - all are welcome. Please contact Matthew Moucha at email@example.com or 410-913-4212
CATHOLIC MEN'S FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE"THIS IS ONE DAY CATHOLIC MEN SHOULD NOT MISS" Special pricing for Conference & Bus Transportation $45 Register now for the Catholic Men's FellowshipANNUAL CONFERENCE, Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00 AM to 4 PM at the Calvert Hall College High School Auditorium in Towson, Md., featuring: George Weigel, Dr. Edward Sri and Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Closing mass with Archbishop William Lori, Celebrant. For more details or to register at, firstname.lastname@example.org , or call John Micek443-988-2064 or Al Wyllie 302-363-0878. Space is limited, register now.
Christian Community Meditation- A new prayer group has just begun at St. Christopher's! We will learn and practice the ancient tradition of meditation moving us toward Contemplative Prayer. During Lent, we will be introduced to this method as we meet each Friday morning. CCM will gather in the Little People's Church and start promptly at 9:30 till 10:30. Everyone is welcomed! We will follow the QACPS recommendations for inclement weather. If closed, we will not meet. If delayed, we will meet from 11:00-12:00. If you would like more information, please contact Bobbie Bell at 410-829- 9834.
Day of Recollection for Women will be held Saturday, March 21 at St. Thomas More Academy, Magnolia, DE. The theme is "I Thirst for Jesus'love". The day includes St. Monica Tear Drops Devotional Mass, Reflection Stations, Reconciliation, Rosary and several speakers. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Maria at 302/655-3974 or email to email@example.com. Register by March 14. Come "thirsty"for Jesus' love.
Upcoming Local Events - Are you thriving or just surviving? Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose - International Speaker Matthew Kelly is coming to our area: April 17 in Olney, MD, April 18 th in Severna Park, MD http://www.stjohnsp.org/matthew-kelly . Tickets can be purchased at http://dynamiccatholic.com/events/
WALKING WITH PURPOSE-WALKING WITH PURPOSE
"He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength." Isaiah 40:29
Monday Night March 2nd, 7pm:
Connect Coffee: Getting a Grip Through Simplicity
Thursday Morning March 5th, 9:30am
Field trip to Basilica in DC. Meeting at
church at 9:30 and carpooling together.
(free Childcare available)