Lent

We have many opportunities to help you pray, fast, and give this Lenten season! Download and visit our parish app for more resources including videos, podcasts, articles, and prayers!

Pray

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Wednesday, March 2 in the church

Wednesdays during Lent

Beginning Wednesday, March 9

Evening Mass: 6pm
There will be no Adoration on Wednesday evenings during Lent.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: 6:30 – 8pm
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at all parishes in the Diocese of Arlington during Lent. Experience God’s mercy and love!

Stations of the Cross

Fridays during Lent

Eucharistic Adoration: 6pm – 7pm (in Creedon Hall)

Stations of the Cross: 6pm (in the church)

Mass (en español): 7pm

Via Crucis: 7:30pm

Outdoor Stations of the Cross
We also have outdoor stations set up on the field for private prayer. A recording of stations and the written prayers are available for download on our app.

Eucharistic Adoration

Monday – Saturday: 8am – 9am

Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday: 6pm – 7pm (Friday evening Adoration is in Creedon Hall.)

Doing a weekly Holy Hour is a great way to pray more this Lent!

Parish Lenten Mission

Saturday, March 12 at 5pm or Sunday, March 13 at 9am

Our Lenten Mission returns in a family-friendly format. On Saturday, join us for 5pm Mass, followed by a meal in Creedon Hall. Children and teens (ages 5 and older) will participate in age-appropriate activities while adults hear an inspiring Lenten talk by Father Cedric Wilson. We will repeat the same agenda on Sunday morning after the 9am Mass. Father Cedric’s talk will also be the same at both sessions so choose the one that fits best in your family’s schedule.

Evening of Reconciliation

Monday, March 28 4:30 – 5:30pm and 6:30 – 8:30pm

Take advantage of the special times for Confession to prepare your hears for Easter! Priests will be available to hear Confessions in both English and Spanish.

Fast

Lenten Disciplines of Fasting and Abstinence

Catholics in good health ages 18 – 59 are required to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Fasting consists of eating only one meal, with the possibility of two smaller snacks that do not add up to a single full meal.

Catholics age 14 and older are to abstain from meat on all Fridays in Lent.

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Join fellow parishioners and more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a transformative Lenten Journey with CRS Rice Bowl. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on global hunger and take action to help our impacted brothers and sisters. Pick up your family’s rice bowl from the Information Counter.

Try one of CRS’ meatless recipes from around the world and donate the money you saved from not buying meat.

Give

Giving is an important pillar of the season of Lent. Consider a gift to Good Shepherd. Your one-time or recurring gift can have a tremendous impact to help us continue our mission of connecting with God, reaching others, and building community. Giving is an expression of our love for God. He desires for us to put Him first in every area of our lives including our finances. Over and over, scripture instructs us to give back a portion of what God has so generously blessed us with and entrusted to us. Thank you for your generosity!

40 Days 40 Items

Bring your donation to our Sharing Sunday bins March 3 to April 17 (please bring gift cards to the parish office).

Most needed items:

  • Canned meat
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Soup
  • Rice and beans
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Cereal and breakfast bars
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Crackers
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Diapers and wipes, adult protective underwear,
  • Shampoo and soap,
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent
  • Gift cards for groceries or gas

Bishop’s Lenten Appeal

The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) supports our Diocese in its mission of sharing the love and mercy of Christ through serving the needy, educating and forming youth, encouraging vocations, promoting a culture of life and assisting the clergy, religious, and lay people who help build and strengthen our diocesan Church.

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