As we approach Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent on February 14th, let us prepare our hearts for this sacred season of reflection and renewal. Lent is a time-honored tradition in the Catholic faith, lasting 40 days in remembrance of Jesus’ own period of fasting and prayer in the desert.
Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
During Lent, we are called to emulate Christ’s example by engaging in acts of penance, prayer, and almsgiving. It is not merely about giving up something, but rather about deepening our spiritual connection with God and growing in our faith. This season offers us an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with God, to examine our lives, and to make changes that bring us closer to Him.
One way we can do this is through almsgiving, by reaching out to those in need within our community or introducing others to the teachings of the Gospel. Additionally, we practice self-discipline by abstaining from certain luxuries, such as meat on Fridays, as a symbolic gesture of sacrifice and devotion. By sacrificing these comforts, we are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross for our salvation.
By embracing these practices, we open our hearts to true conversion and draw closer to Christ. Let us use this Lenten season as an opportunity for personal growth and spiritual enrichment, cultivating virtues such as patience, trust, and compassion in our daily lives. Through prayer and reflection, we can discern how God is calling us to live out our faith more fully.
As we journey together through these 40 days, may we be guided by the example of Jesus and prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter. Let us unite in prayer and solidarity, supporting one another on our path of faith. Together, let us deepen our commitment to following Christ and spreading His love and mercy to all those we encounter.
Wednesdays: Immediately following Stations of the Cross
Anytime upon request
Second Sunday of the month:
Holy Hour following the 11am Mass
Fridays: Following the 8:00am Mass
Stations of the Cross
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM during Lent beginning February 21st
Donate to Holy Family Parish
One perfect way to give alms during Lent is to make a contribution to Holy Family Parish. This campaign allows you to directly support the ministry of Holy Family Parish and your generosity enables us to continue our efforts to serve the faithful in Manayunk. We thank you for your generosity during the season of Lent.