Ash Wednesday is on February 14 this year.

There will be distribution of ashes at three Masses that day: 9:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. The 9:00 a.m. Mass will also be live streamed on our YouTube channel here . 

Lent starts with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2024. It is a sacred season in the Catholic liturgical calendar, spanning 40 days of preparation leading up to the Easter Triduum. Rooted in the biblical account of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, Lent provides a unique opportunity to engage in self-reflection, repentance, and spiritual growth.

During this period, Catholics are encouraged to embrace prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Prayer deepens our connection with God, fasting fosters self-discipline and detachment from worldly comforts, and almsgiving invites us to share our blessings with those in need.

As we journey through Lent, we are invited to examine our lives, seek reconciliation, and draw closer to God. It is a time of heightened awareness, intentional reflection, and a humble pursuit of a more profound relationship with Jesus.

Join us in observing Lent at Holy Trinity Parish as we walk together towards the joyous celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday on March 31, 2024.

Ways To Participate in Lent 2024 at Holy Trinity Parish 

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent we will be praying the stations of the cross at 7:00 p.m. in person, except for Friday, March 8. Due to a scheduling conflict the Stations of the Cross will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 8.

Reconciliation

We encourage you to come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Here is an examination of conscience. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered before Mass on Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.) and (9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) and Saturday afternoons (3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.). Our special Lenten Reconciliation days will be Saturday, March 16 (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), and Wednesday, March 20 (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.). 

Invitation to Lenten Mission at Saint Benedict Parish

Lent is here. Lent is a time of preparation and focusing on your faith life before Easter. Saint Benedict Parish welcomes us to attend their Lenten Mission this year. The speaker will be Matt Regitz a Global Leadership Coach with Divine Renovation Ministries. He will be speaking at Saint Benedict Parish, 45 Radcliffe Dr. in Clayton Park, at 7:00 p.m. (AST) on March 3, 4, and 5 (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening). Join in-person at Saint Benedict church, or watch online on their Facebook page here or their YouTube channel here.

Resources to Dive Deeper Into Lent 2024

Holy Trinity’s own Alex Craven created a three part video series called ‘What is Meant by Lent?’. It helps us  reconnect with the Good News, the Bad News, and the Best News at the heart of the Gospel. To watch them Click Here!

As a parish we subscribe to FORMED which is an online digital library of hundreds of Catholic discipleship resources, from films, to books, to study programs, to audio resources, and children’s media! For a list of FREE Lenten resources for the whole family CLICK HERE

Messages of Lent: Archbishop Dunn, the Canadian Bishops and the Holy Father, offer some food for thought as we begin this time of personal renewal: Pope Francis’s Message for Lent is titled: Through the Desert God Leads us to Freedom. There are also a  series of videos for Lent titled Journey Through Lent. This series is meant to offer spiritual inspiration and guidance on how to prepare well for the Easter season. For more information Click HERE

Dynamic Catholic The Best Lent Ever Eucharistic Consecration: Once you sign up, each day of The Best Lent Ever, you’ll receive a short, FREE video from Matthew Kelly full of profound spiritual insight and intensely practical ways to apply the consecration to your life. Consecration means to dedicate yourself to God and make yourself 100 percent available to Him. With three simple daily steps, you can prepare your heart, mind, and soul for this powerful surrender. Sign Up For Free!

Hallow

the #1 Catholic prayer app–breaks down everything you need to know about Lent–including the best prayer resources you’ll find anywhere. Lent can be an incredibly rewarding time for our faith lives. Let Hallow guide you through the most meaningful Lent you’ve ever experienced. Learn More HERE!

Drawing Closer to God

Journey through Lent with the whole family! Join art teacher Ms. Kim as she teaches children to draw different scenes from gospels, including Ash Wednesday, the healing of the blind man, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and more. With compelling storytelling, Ms. Kim points out key details from Scripture and Catholic tradition.
 As kids follow along and learn new art skills, they also learn to see the connections between the big picture of God’s story and their place within it.

The Chosen: Not specifically Lent related, but this series is incredible to watch any time of the year! Check out a Catholic Guide to The Chosen HERE.