Lent 2020

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During Lent, we both reflect and repent while anticipating the celebration of Easter as a time of hope, new life and new beginnings. There are many ways to spiritually prepare for your 2020 Lenten Journey. Listed on this page are some of those opportunities …

40K IN 40 DAYS

Lent is a time for almsgiving, fasting, and most importantly, for prayer. And there’s no better way to share God’s love than by praying for others and their personal needs. St. Tom’s Lenten Challenge “40K IN 40 DAYS” is for at least 1,000 parishioners to pray for a different individual each of the 40 days of Lent. 

Those who commit to the challenge are to:

  • personally ask the individuals if they can pray for them and what their prayers needs are
  • log the first names of those that they have prayed for in the prayer intention book located in the south corner of the church.

A portion of a mural will be installed on the south wall of the church each time we log 8,000 names in the book so that by Easter the full mural will be revealed.

To assist you with entry of your individual prayer intentions in the book, we’ve created an online form. A St. Tom’s staff member will take care to ensure that they are all recorded.

Lenten Mission

Triumph. Joy. Betrayal. Death. Life.. The story of Easter is our story.  This year join author Karen May and artist Katie Schmid on the journey through Holy Week. Become a part of the greatest story ever told and experience Easter like you never have before.  Mark your calendars!

The three-day Lenten Mission titled “Walking Through Holy Week” will take place online (log-in information forthcoming) on Monday, March 30 to Wednesday, April 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. each night. The mission will be led by author Karen May on Monday and Wednesday and by artist Katie Schmid (creator of the Stations of the Cross in St. Tom’s sanctuary) on Tuesday evening. For more information about the Lenten Mission and Karen May, visit boilercatholics.org/lentenmission and amayzinggraces.com/mystory.

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday at 7:00 p.m. during the season of Lent, Stations of the Cross are available by livestream at Church of the Blessed Sacrament 

Lenten Read on Your Own

Journey through Lent with the Dominican friars of the Central Province and its latest publication, “Growing in Friendship with God: The Joy of Lent” (Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., New Priory Press, 2020). The book provides a convenient resource on the daily Lenten readings from friars across the province, including Fr. Patrick and Fr. Brent. This collection was recently compiled by Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., who accompanies these reflections with daily prayers, challenges he calls “Doer of the Word Received,” and simple hints to make your Lenten journey impactful, memorable, and transformative. Visit Amazon to order your copy today (and use smile.amazon.com to benefit St. Tom’s).

Lenten Resources Online

Both St. Tom’s group email service “Flocknote” and streaming video subscription through FORMED (free to parishioners) offer resources for spiritual preparation during the season of Lent.

Flocknote: Visit flocknote.com/lent to subscribe to daily reflections either through your email or text.

FORMED: Visit formed.org/lent to receive daily emails and links to short scripture videos from Dr. Tim Gray during Lent. Note: If you haven’t signed up for FORMED through the St. Tom’s subscription, first visit https://formed.org/signup and search for “St Thomas Aquinas.”  Note: Be sure to respond to the Flocknote email requesting verification of your email address after signing up in order to complete the registration process.