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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.). 

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

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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.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday: Sat March 23 4:30 pm & Sun March 24 9:00 am, 11:15 am

Chrism Mass: Tues March 26 12:00 pm @ Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica  5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax.

Holy Thursday: March 28 7:00 pm* note: No 9am mass offered that day

Family Stations of the Cross: Friday 10 am

Good Friday: March 29 3:00 pm * note: No 9am mass offered that day

Good Friday Stations Of The Cross: March 29 7pm note: No 9am mass offered that day

Easter Vigil:  Sat March 30 8:00 pm* note: No 4pm mass offered that day

Easter Sunday: March 31 9:00 am*, 11:15 am

*livestream available on Holy Trinity Parish YouTube Channel

HOLY WEEK EXPLAINED

Holy Week is a sacred period leading up to Easter Sunday, commemorating the final week of Jesus Christ’s life, his crucifixion, and resurrection. Throughout Holy Week, we engage in prayer, reflection, and acts of penance as they journey with Jesus through his final days. It’s a time of profound spiritual significance, inviting you to deepen your faith and draw closer to Jesus.

Palm Sunday March 23/24, 2024

When: Saturday March 24 at 4:30 and Sunday March 25 at 9am and 11:15am

Where: Holy Trinity Parish, St John Vianney Church. 4 Beaver Bank Road, Lower Sackville. 

What: Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. blessed palm branches are received at the beginning of Mass, symbolizing the palm branches laid before Jesus as he entered Jerusalem. The Gospel narrative of Jesus’ Passion is also read at thisMass.

Chrism Mass 

When: Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00 pm.

Where: St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

What: The Chrism Mass will be on Tuesday, March 26 at St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Halifax- not at Holy Trinity Parish. Chrism is a sweet perfume, usually balsam, which is added to one of the oils during the Chrism Mass. The Oil of the Sick (used during the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick), the Oil of Catechumens (used during the Sacrament of Baptism), and the Sacred Chrism Oil (used during the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders) are consecrated by the Bishop. Large vessels of oils are carried to the front of the altar to be consecrated After Mass the oils are distributed to representatives of each parish. The oils are taken back to the parishes and used for the Sacraments throughout the year. There is also a renewal of priestly promises during the Chrism Mass. Traditionally every priest within a diocese attends this Mass. The Bishop requests that the laity of the diocese pray for him and the priests of the diocese.

Holy Thursday March 28, 2024 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

When: Thursday March 28 at 7pm

Where: Holy Trinity Parish, St John Vianney Church. 4 Beaver Bank Road, Lower Sackville. 

What: This day commemorates the Last Supper, where Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the priesthood. During the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Catholics recall Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet and the institution of the Eucharist. After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to the Altar of Repose, where the faithful can pray in adoration.

Good Friday March 29, 2024 – Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

When: Friday March 29 at 3pm

Where: Holy Trinity Parish, St John Vianney Church. 4 Beaver Bank Road, Lower Sackville. 

What: Good Friday marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Catholics commemorate this solemn day with special liturgies, including the veneration of the Cross and the reading of the Passion narrative. Fasting and abstinence are observed, and this is the only day of the year that Massis not celebrated. Instead, the faithful receive the Eucharist consecrated on Holy Thursday.

Holy Saturday March 30, 2024 – Easter Vigil, Resurrection of the Lord

When: Saturday March 30 at 8pm (NB: there will be no 4:30pm Mass this day)

Where: Holy Trinity Parish, St John Vianney Church. 4 Beaver Bank Road, Lower Sackville. 

What: This day is a time of quiet anticipation, as Catholics await the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. The Easter Vigil, celebrated after sundown, is the high point of Holy Saturday. It begins with the blessing of the Easter fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle, symbolizing the light of Christ overcoming darkness. The Liturgy of the Word includes readings recounting salvation history, culminating in the proclamation of the Resurrection. Baptismal and Eucharistic sacraments are often celebrated during this vigil, welcoming new members into the Church.

Easter Sunday March 31, 2024 – Resurrection of the Lord

When: Sunday March 31 at 9am and 11:15am

Where: Holy Trinity Parish, St John Vianney Church. 4 Beaver Bank Road, Lower Sackville. 

What: The pinnacle of the liturgical year, Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Masses are joyous and triumphant, with the Gloria and Alleluia reintroduced after being omitted during Lent. The faithful gather to celebrate the resurrection and the promise of eternal life in Heaven with Jesus!

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