Lent

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

Pray

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Wednesday, February 14

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Please note there is no Adoration or Confession on Ash Wednesday.

Drawing on the Divine & App Resources

This Lent, we are continuing the Drawing on the Divine series! Each week, we will post a reflection written by Father Tom about the Sunday gospel, accompanied by a work of art. We hope that this combination of art and spiritual reflection will draw us closer to Jesus as we strive to live as children of the light! ⁠Click below for all our videos and reflections!

Visit our app to access Lent resources to prepare for Lent, pray, fast, and give. Resources include prayers, videos, Stations of the Cross, podcasts, and more to help you have a prayerful Lent!

Wednesdays during Lent

Beginning Wednesday, February 21

Adoration: 6 – 7pm

The Light is ON for You: 6 – 8pm
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at all parishes in the Diocese of Arlington on Wednesdays during Lent. Experience God’s mercy and love! Click here to learn more and find guides to Confession.

Stations of the Cross

Family – Friendly Adoration: 5pm

Stations of the Cross: 6pm

Via Crucis: 7:30pm

A recording of stations and the written prayers are also available for download on our app.

Soup & Stations

Every Friday, 5:30 – 7pm

Soup Supper in Creedon Hall hosted by parish ministries and hospitality team!

Eucharistic Adoration

Monday – Saturday: 8am – 9am

Monday – Friday: 6pm – 7pm (Wednesday and Friday evening Adoration is in Creedon Hall.)

Doing a weekly Holy Hour is a great way to pray more this Lent! Our app features prayers for Adoration.

Evening of Reconciliation

Monday, March 18 4:30 – 5:30pm and 6:30 – 8pm

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

Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all. 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. Or pray, fast, and give with the CRS Lenten Calendar.

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 February 15 – March 24.

Most needed items:

  • Instant Oatmeal Packets
  • Canned meat
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Rice and beans (1 – 2 lbs bags)
  • Maseca
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Cereal and breakfast bars
  • Peanut butter and jelly (no glass)
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pasta and sauce (no glass)

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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