During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
Please see our offerings below to engage you this Lenten season.
Praying Through Lent
Join the Be Still Prayer Group this Lent to pray with Bishop Barron's book Paschal Mystery: Reflections for Lent and Easter. In this new book from Word on Fire, readers are offered a week-by-week guide through the sacred seasons of Lent and Easter with a series of reflections on themes like death, temptation, repentance, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; the events of the Paschal Mystery of Christ recalled during Holy Week; and the joy of the Gospel reflected in the Easter season. The Paschal Mystery is a perfect companion guide for families and individuals longing for a deeper encounter with Christ during Lent and Easter. Look for the signup form here.
During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).
At St. Andrew we offer opportunities to practice almsgiving. Please consider one or all as part of your Lenten sacrifice:
Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP): The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of laymen and women inspired by the Gospel to provide direct service to the poor. It serves in 5 continents and 152 locations with over 800,000 volunteers creating a vast network of charity throughout the world. Here at St. Andrew, we have a local conference that serves families in need in our own backyard. To donate to St. Andrew's St. Vincent de Paul conference, click here (you will be directed to our giving page. Scroll down to find the outreach section).
St. Martin de Porres Ministry: This is another parish outreach ministry. St. Martin de Porres Ministry's mission is to fulfill the Gospel message of seeing Christ in those who are needy, suffering or lonely. This ministry works closely with St. Vincent the Paul to assist St. Andrew families and beyond. To donate to St. Andrew's St. Martin de Porres Ministry, click here (you will be directed to our giving page. Scroll down to find the outreach section).
(Bilingual) Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent from Februray 24 thru March 31 in the church at 7 PM.
And on Good Friday at 3 PM indoors and outdoors.
Download the Bilingual Stations of the Cross program and prayers HERE.
This Lent, we are offering the opportunity for Reconciliation at St. Andrew during the times below:
Penance Service on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 PM
Several priests from other parishes will assist our priest in hearing confessions. Please make plans to attend.
Reconciliation on Tuesdays
Confessions in English and Spanish from 5:30 - 6:45 PM.
Reconciliation on Saturdays during Lent
From February 25 to April 1 from 3:00-3:45 PM
Reconciliation by Appointment
To make an appointment with Fr. Juan, please call Marcela Crowe at 770-641-9720 ext. 240
Lenten Fish Dinners
Every Friday from Februray 24 thru March 31 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Inside dinning and take-out available.
Price: Fish Dinner $10 | Pizza Dinner $5
Menu: Fried or baked fish, pizza, vegetables, cole slaw, french fries, and desserts.