Lenten Video Message from Monsignor Hendricks
February 12, 2021
As we approach the start of the Lenten season, we may be feeling like we have already endured a year-long Lent because of the sacrifices and losses we have had from the coronavirus and its many effects on us all. However, this Lenten season, unlike any other, can give us the chance to pause and step back and reflect on this past year. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have and what we have lost, can we shift our focus? That is what Lent has always invited us to do — slow down, step back, and remember our truest identity as sons and daughters of God. What have you learned from this past year, and what blessings have you received? I think you may find that you have gained a lot.
As we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season next week, I want to share what we will be offering at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish. We will continue to offer many ways for you to participate in the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, both virtually and in-person.
- We will be offering two in-person Ash Wednesday prayer services with the distribution of ashes, as well as a traditional Mass with ash distribution at 9 AM. Reservations are required for these services and are available here. We will also have a virtual blessing of ashes and prayer service.
- We will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in-person on Mondays during March. This also requires reservations.
- We will again offer virtual options for Taize, Stations of the Cross, and Soup Suppers. These will be a combination of videos available to watch anytime and live virtual sessions.
- Soup Suppers this year will be live via Zoom on Tuesday nights at 6 PM. They will feature guest chefs from our parish sharing with you a favorite recipe, followed by prayer together.
- There will also be Lenten prayer services and adult faith formation opportunities led by Sister Teresa on Zoom.
More details of all of these offerings are available here. Our Holy Week schedule and reservation information is also listed on the Lent webpage.
All parishioners will be receiving a Lenten book mailed to their homes next week. This includes all of these offerings and some information about the traditional practices of Lent. I encourage you to read this book.
In addition, this Lent our parish will be participating in a parish-wide survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute. This is a 10-15 minute survey that will be emailed to you next Wednesday with more details. Please look for that email and I encourage you to complete the survey which will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth.
As we look forward to this new season in our lives, we ask you to continue to remain vigilant in your responsibility to stop the spread of this virus. We may feel as though the end is near, but we cannot give up yet. Please continue to practice social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitation in order to care for all of our brothers and sisters, especially those most vulnerable, and please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus in innumerable ways.