2019 Lenten Events
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Liturgy of the Hours: Office of Readings
Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10
6:30-7:00pm in the Church
Refreshments available at 6:00pm in Founders Room
The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office, is a beautiful and ancient tradition in the Church that is not reserved for priests and religious, but can also be prayed by the lay faithful. The Second Vatican Council highly encouraged the laity to “recite the divine office, either with the priests, or among themselves, or even individually” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 100). One of the special forms of prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours that is particularly Lenten is the Office of Readings. Like Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer it is part of the cycle of prayer the Church asks all the faithful to observe during the day. But unlike Morning or Evening Prayer, the Office of Readings can be prayed at any time during the day, and it focuses upon scriptural and non-scriptural readings. The Office has a similar origin with the Liturgy of the Word proclaimed at the Easter Vigil in the ancient Church. During the Season of Lent, the whole of salvation history is proclaimed in the Office of Readings along with commentary on this history from some of the ancient writers of the early Church. Please join us on Wednesday evenings at to enjoy some refreshments and pray this ancient and beautiful liturgy whose prayer will lead us into the Triduum and the celebration of the Easter Vigil. Contact: Tim.Hetzel@stfrancisraleigh.org
Lenten Tenebrae Service
Wednesday, April 17
6:30pm in the church
Refreshments available at 6:00pm in Founders Room
Come and pray with us at the Lenten Tenebrae Service as we prepare to celebrate the holiest days of the Church year, the Triduum; three days marking Jesus’ passion and resurrection. Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows” in Latin is a traditional prayer of the Church that reflects the darkness of Good Friday with the gradual extinguishing of light. Contact: Tim.Hetzel@stfrancisraleigh.org
Homily Helpers with Fr. Steve Kluge
Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1, 8, 15
9:45-10:30am in Padua
Cost: FREE, but please Register
For many of us Lent is a time of “giving things up” a time of fasting and abstinence, a 40 day desert experience. Yet the desert is also the place one can rest in the oasis. This Lent find some refreshment in the oasis of the Sunday scriptures. Join Fr. Steve Kluge as we open the Sunday readings and offer our insights and help in the creation of the homily.
Lent: A Season of Transformation
Tuesdays, March 19, 26 and April 9
7:00-8:30pm in the Founders Room
Cost: $12, includes study materials and refreshments
During Lent, we strive to free ourselves from all kinds of clutter-material and spiritual-in order to focus on God and turn back to him with our whole hearts. If this “turning back” is genuine, it will be a reorientation, a transformation. To help us enter into this season, Fr. Steve Patti and Jenn Fiduccia will guide participants in exploring three key moments in the life and ministry of Jesus. The result will be a better understanding of the authentic transformation that God calls each of us to embrace as individuals and as a community and a renewed desire to live God’s own outward-looking, self-emptying, laying-down-one’s-life kind of love. Contact: Jennifer.Fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org
Unraveling the Three Days: The Paschal Triduum Explained
Thursdays, March 21, 28 and April 4
7:00-8:30pm in the Church
Cost: FREE, but please register
Join Fr. Jim Sabak to explore the power of depth and meaning contained in the liturgical celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. These days, the highest and most important of all days in the Church’s calendar, are the core and central reason for why the faith we are gifted with exists. If we are to understand and live this faith authentically, then we must continually deepen our understanding and grasp of what it means for Jesus to be crucified and raised up. Many times we simply attend one or the other of these days and nothing more because we believe we are fulfilling an obligation of sorts. By journeying through the liturgies of each of these days and their theological contexts we will see that these are days of awe and wonder, not merely obligations to fulfill. With a fuller appreciation for the power and dynamism contained in each of these days, we may enter into them ready to be touched and affected, impacted and transformed by the wonder of God to which they draw us. A more fruitful Easter Season and Christian life can then follow. Contact: Jennifer.Fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org
Why Catholic? A Workshop for Parents
Sunday, March 10
12:30-2:00pm in Founders Room
Lunch will be provided. Cost: FREE, but please Register
Come hear from Scott Boyle, from the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, as he shares about how the beauty of our Catholic faith can inform how we live and how we parent. Contact: Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org
In Search of the Simple Life: A Retreat for Women
Friday, March 22- Sunday, March 24, 2019
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC
Hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Formation Ministries
Join other women of our parish for this weekend of prayer and reflection focused on simplicity and “tidying up” our spiritual lives. Explore what Jesus means in Matthew’s Gospel when he calls us to take his yoke upon our shoulders, to learn from him, and to find rest in him (Mt 11: 28-30). In addition, there will be plenty of time to wander the wooded trails, pray the brookside Stations of the Cross, spend time in quiet meditation in the outdoor chapel, or traverse the winding pathway of the labyrinth. This is a great opportunity for Lenten reflection. Space is limited, especially for single rooms, so register soon!
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2019
Cost: $210 Double/Triple Room (attached bath)/$270 Single Room (attached bath)/$310 Hermitage (single occupancy cottage)/$190 Small Single Room (pull-out bed, detached bath).