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 LENT at St. Athanasius Parish 2022 


 LENTEN SCHEDULE 2022  (most services will be live streamed)

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. – Mon. thru Fri., St. A’s Church, enter through the schoolyard.


Tuesdays:  Adoration of Blessed Sacrament, following 9 am Mass until 6 pm.

Confessions 3 pm until 4:45, in the Church sacristy in the front of Church.

6 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction, followed by Stations of the Cross  


Wednesday:  Lenten Bible study series through Zoom.  Each week Deacon Mahoney will cover the essential elements of our Lenten journey along with the Sundays of Lent.


 Friday  1:30 p.m. Video presentation of the Stations of the Cross with the school community in Church.


Catholic Call to Prayer     Mon. through Fri.. 6:30 a.m. and 12 Noon

Dial 1-877-309-2073  access number  319-414-445, press #, press # again when prompted for an audio code, for reading of Scripture, reflection, and prayer.


Miraculous Medal Shrine, 500 East Chelten Ave.                                   Monday 9 am Mass, 12:05 Mass, 2 pm Novena prayers, 6:30 Mass.  Confessions before each service. 


Lenten fast and abstinence.

The Church prescribes as minimal obligation that all persons who are 14 years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wed., Good Friday, and all Fridays of Lent. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older up to 60, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wed., and Good Friday while the other two meals are to be light.  All the faithful are encouraged to participate in Mass, to go to Confession, to take more time for private prayer, spiritual reading, and the reading and study of Sacred Scripture.


What Should I Do For Lent? Pope Francis' 10 Tips

  1.  Get rid of the lazy addiction to evil “[Lent] is a ‘powerful’ season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil that deceives and ensnares us.” – General Audience, March 5, 2014
  2.  Do something that hurts “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt. – Lenten Message, 2014
  3.  Don’t remain indifferent “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation.” –Lenten Message, 2015
  4.  Pray: Make our hearts like yours! “During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: ‘Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum’Make our hearts like yours(Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”
  5.  Take part in the sacraments “Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we, in turn, may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ.”
  6.  Prayer “In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness. Lent is a time of prayer, of more intense prayer, more prolonged, more assiduous, more able to take on the needs of the brethren; intercessory prayer, to intercede before God for the many situations of poverty and suffering.” – Homily, March 5, 2014
  7.  FastingWe must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which in truth ‘satisfies’ us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him.” –
  8.  Almsgiving “Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others.”
  9.  Help the Poor “In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity, and sharing.
  10.  Evangelize “The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts, and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness.”


St Athanasius Parish is inviting you to attend Bible Study facilitated by Deacon James Mahoney using Zoom.  Zoom allows you to participate using your computer or your telephone phone either a cell phone or landline.  

Topic: Bible Study          Day: Every Wednesday          Time: 7:00 PM (1 hour)

COMPUTER and Smartphone          Join Zoom Meeting (click on the link below)


 Meeting ID: 868 3900 8916       Password: 547692
TELEPHONE    Join Zoom Meeting (dial the number below & type in Meeting ID and Password

when prompted) +1 301 715 8592 US    Meeting ID: 868 3900 8916     Password: 547692




St. Raymond has 12 Noon prayer over the phone, Please call  1-877-309-2073,  Enter access code 319 414 445.    We will pray the Angelus, Psalm 91, have some intercessory prayer.


 Magnificat, daily prayers, the daily Mass readings, and reflection  https://us.magnificat.net/free


God Bless you all.    Fr. Joseph Okonski. Fr. Anayo Nna, Deacon James Mahoney, Deacon Fred Poellnitz. Deacon Stephen Hopkins


The Act of Contrition,

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

A Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.—St. Alphonsus Liguori

(There are more prayers on the Home page, just scroll down.)





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