Wondering why we Catholics don’t eat meat on Fridays? “Since it is believed Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross on a Friday, Christians from the very beginning have set aside that day to unite their sufferings to Jesus . This led the Church to recognize every Friday as a “Good Friday” where Christians can remember Christ’s passion by offering up a specific type of penance. For much of the Church’s history meat was singled out as a worthy sacrifice on account of its association with feasts and celebrations…. The whole point is to make a sacrifice that draws a person closer to Christ, who out of love for us made the ultimate sacrifice a person can make. ”
There are many ways you can grow closer to Jesus this Lent. Scroll down for a variety of events, Bible studies, and more!
Registration has been extended through Sunday, Feb. 28. Click here for more information. Click here to register.
Join host Scott Hahn to uncover how and why all of God’s action, in creation and redemption, is ordered to the Mass. It’s time to wake Catholics up to the awesome power, the incredible gift, that is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The alternative is unthinkable. Click here.
Join Renewal Ministries’ President, Ralph Martin, for a LIVE online Lenten Mission. This four night mission will help you build a solid foundation for the spiritual journey through the wisdom of the saints, as found in Ralph’s book . The Fulfillment of All Desire This Lenten Mission will build on topics covered during our (which focused on the “purgative” stage of the spiritual journey). Content will be new for those who participated in Advent (focusing on the “illuminative” stage of the spiritual journey), but will also stand alone for newcomers. All are invited to join us to learn timeless wisdom for the spiritual life. Advent Mission Click here to register.
This virtual retreat is an invitation to all who struggle to overcome the greatest obstacle of all in the spiritual life – discouragement. This is a call to hope, a call to solace in times of suffering, and a call to stand tall in times of affliction. Fr. Timothy Gallagher will help you learn how to enter into the sublime peace and joy that our Lord promises. Virtual Retreat on March 6 from 10 AM – 3:30 PM The retreat will consist of live and pre-recorded talks, opportunities to ask questions of Fr. Timothy, and to discuss your struggles in small groups. Registration is required. Early registration of $20 through February 26 at noon. Registration February 26 – March 4 at noon will be $25. Click here for details & to register.
Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time for 6 weeks! Dr. Edward Sri will be leading a virtual study of No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion Bible every Wednesday starting February 24, 2021! In No Greater Love, Dr. Sri—a Bible scholar, theologian, and popular Ascension presenter—will guide you on a biblical pilgrimage through the Passion in six easy-to-understand lessons. Each LIVE lesson will be free on Facebook, but they will be based upon the associated study videos, so it is highly recommended to watch the study videos before each livestream! Click here for details and to register.
The Encounter School of Prophetic Ministry is a three day school that provides the foundations for you to be equipped to hear God’s voice more clearly for yourself and the world around you through training and activation of the prophetic gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life. Based on the curriculum of the Encounter School of Ministry, attendees will experience three powerful days of activation-based learning in a safe and relational environment grounded in teaching faithful to the Church. Join in person or on Zoom! Click here for details & registration.
40 Days for Life starts on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Mar. 28. Pray and fast for an end to abortion. Please consider signing up for an hour prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood in Lansing. Click for details & to sign up. Teresa Pratt will also lead a Rosary for Life at St. Mary Church on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7pm.
Set a Fire is our Blessed is She reflection book for your Lenten journey this year. We believe every woman can fully live her life when she’s guided by the Holy Spirit. The journal is sold out, but a digital download is available. Click here.
Have your best Lent ever with this introduction to mental prayer and beautiful Gospel reflections! Click here for details and the download.
In this daily apologetics series you’ll learn: How was Jesus a prophet? What will happen to those who never hear of Jesus? What is a miracle? How can I join or help someone join the Catholic Church? How did the Church begin? What did the Early Church Fathers believe about the Eucharist? And much, much, more… Click here.
2021 LENTEN GOSPEL REFLECTIONS BOOK by Bishop Robert Barron. Includes the Gospel reading for each day of Lent 2021, brand new reflections from Bishop Barron, reflection questions, journal pages, and Stations of the Cross reflections. Click here.
Bp. Barron also offers daily Lenten Gospel reflections that you can receive in your inbox.
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Nothing will transform your life so completely, absolutely, and forever like really learning how to pray. That’s why this year’s BEST LENT EVER journeys through Matthew Kelly’s latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God. Click here.
From Bishop Boyea: “I invite you to join me in reading through the Holy Bible over the course of the next 12 months, starting this Advent. Together, it will be our Year of the Bible. Each day, I will text you a chapter of Sacred Scripture directly to your cellphone. We will then read it and meditate upon it. Over the weeks, I’ll also text you invitations to events; share video reflections with you; and let you know about other Year of the Bible updates. By the end of 12 months, we will have made our pilgrimage together.” Click here.
Each 20-25 minute episode includes: two to three scripture readings, a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz, and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word. Click here for details and to listen.
Watch the following on FORMED.ORG, or enjoy one of the other many resources in their Catholic library. Our parish has a membership, so you can sign up with our parish’s zip code (48895) to access them all. Enjoy!