What is Lent? Lent is the liturgical season of forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer. Learn more about Lent at http://goo.gl/tJYeK3 . For more great Lenten prayers and family resources go to: http://goo.gl/e4zRK6 .
CLICK HERE to download your copy of St. Theresa’s Lenten Calendar 2014.
How do I use this Lenten Calendar? It’s simple. Look at the challenge for the day and strive to complete it! We recommend you hang the Lenten calendar on your fridge or bathroom mirror, somewhere that you and your family look every day, so that you can be reminded about the daily Lenten challenge.
What’s the point of this Lenten Calendar? Created by our high school youth, this Lenten calendar is to help you enter into the Lenten season. It comprises of the three pillars of the Lenten practice:
1) PRAYER – we raise our hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving and praise. Prayer is our “vital and personal relationship with the true and living God.” During Lent, we place special emphasis on prayer and contemplation on the Passion and Death of our Lord through expressions of popular piety such as the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) and veneration of the Crucified Christ.
2) FASTING - is the practice of denying ourselves from some material good, typically food, in order to focus on Christ. Fasting and abstinence during Lent help detach our bodies and souls from anything that could keep us from God. Fasting and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are closely united because fasting is a form of penance. Overall, fasting is an expression of interior penance, in imitation of the fast of Jesus for forty days in the desert.
3) ALMSGIVING - is money, goods, or time given as an act of penance or fraternal charity. Almsgiving calls us to share our money and possessions with charities and those in need. It also reminds us that what we have is a gift from God. Beyond just giving money, we are also called to do works of mercy to serve our brothers and sisters. Almsgiving, together with prayer and fasting, are traditionally recommended to foster the state of interior penance.
Almsgiving Jar: Youth and families are encouraged to take a small jar, box or ziplock bag and use it as their almsgiving jar, collecting coins in it over the course of Lent. Youth are encouraged to make little sacrifices and put change into the jar. There are some challenges that involve putting money into the jar but youth are encouraged to collect as many coins and change that they can over Lent. They could even turn in pop bottles and look for extra ways to put more change in their alms jars.
Where is my alms money going? The money you collect over the course of the Lenten Calendar will be donated to the building of Corpus Christi parish. For more information about Corpus Christi, go to: http://corpuschristi-edm.ca or come to our church ground breaking ceremony on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 3 pm. Ceremony takes place at 34 Street and 28A Avenue and Arch Bishop Richard Smith will be in attendance!
What do I do with the alms I collect in my alms jar? Collect coins in your almsgiving jar over the course of Lent and then bring the coins with you to Mass at St. Theresa’s on three different Sundays: April 6, April 13, and April 20, 2014. During the offertory (when the kids come for a hug with Father), there will be a special large jar in front of the altar that says “Lenten Calendar Collection.” Youth and families can come up and pour their alms change into it during the offertory.
What if I forgot to bring my Alms money on those Sundays? All remaining alms jar money can be brought into St. Theresa’s parish office. Just let the front desk person know that the change is to go into the Corpus Christi building fund.