Lent marks a time when many people make the commitment to attend daily Mass. Weekday Masses at St. Alphonsus are Monday through Saturday at 8:30 AM and Wednesday at 6:00 PM.
Daily mass lasts only about a half an hour. If the times here don’t mesh well with your schedule, check out options near where you work, especially at lunch time. In downtown Chicago, St. Peter’s, Holy Name Cathedral and Old St. Pat’s are all accessible.
One excellent preparation for mass, to make it more meaningful, is to read the Scripture readings ahead of time.
Each Wednesday, after the 6:00 PM mass, we begin a Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration. People come to spend some time with the Lord, in prayer and meditation. Many enjoy the silence and chance to speak directly to the Lord in prayer. If you have never experienced this form of prayer, this Lent might be a good time to try it.
Stations of the Cross
Each Friday during Lent, the Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6:30 PM in English and 7:00 PM in Spanish. This prayer allows us to meditate on Christ’s Passion and death while walking the “Way of the Cross.” It is a wonderful way to grow in one’s knowledge of being a disciple of the Lord.
Penance and Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers a wonderful opportunity to explore and pray over the ways in which we have broken relationships or have failed. God’s presence assures forgiveness and offers us the grace of a new beginning on the path.
Lent is a traditional time to ‘take stock’ and discover the ways in which we can turn more fully toward the Lord. It is a great season in which to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
The sacrament is Reconciliation is regularly offered twice each week: Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM; Saturday from 11:00 to 11:45 AM. You can also make an appointment with one of the priests.
A video guide in two parts: “Preparing” and “In the Confessional”
Print guide to confession
What if you haven’t been to confession in awhile? Advice on what to expect – and why you’ll be glad you did!
Available here at St. Alphonsus:
Not By Bread Alone by Jay Cormier, a book of daily reflections, will be available in baskets at the doors of our church. The Little Black Book will be available in Spanish, as well.
In addition, all the students in our Religious Education and AACA programs will receive materials to help them reflect and pray at home during the season.
The Young Adult Retreat will be on October 21 and 22 at Mundelein Seminary. Sign up will be posted soon.
On our web site:
We have a number of excellent resources available on our Catholic Links page for daily prayer and reflection.
Apps and eBooks you can download:
Magnificat’s Lent companion is available for Kindle.
Stations of the Cross – Pictures and reflections for meditation on the go. From Ave Maria Press.
Fr. James Martin has an ‘e-retreat’ – Together on Retreat: Meeting Jesus in Prayer available in Kindle editions
Creative Communications has a variety of ebooks with Lenten reflections for all ages.
Lectio Divina Lent is a guided reading of the daily Scripture passages for Lent. You can get the app for iTunes and for Android.
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl has an app you can use to track how your fasting and almsgiving connect, as well as way to connect with the church around the world.
More online resources:
Online Lent retreats from Creighton, an Ignatian Prayer Adventure and the Spiritual Exercises in blog format.
Seven Last Words devotion
Multimedia Stations of the Cross
Praying Lent, a comprehensive guide from Creighton University Online Ministries
Lunchtime Examen, a way to find God’s activity in your day
Live Lent Daily – a calendar with reflections for each day of Lent.
Arts and Faith – Meditations on the Sunday readings of Lent using works of art.
Daily email meditations from Fr. Bob Barron
Igniting our Values – an online Lent retreat from the Jesuits of North America
Online Lenten mission from Catholic Charities
Renew the Face of the Earth from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
Here at St. Alphonsus:
As a parish, we participate in CRS Rice Bowl, an outreach of Catholic Relief Services. Operation Rice Bowl raises funds for development in the Third World aimed at eliminating hunger and providing clean water.
Check out other parish opportunities, which are ongoing through the year.
Around our neighborhood:
The Night Ministry serves homeless youth in the Lakeview neighborhood. You can volunteer to help make sack dinners through St. Alphonsus by contacting Heather Williams. You can also volunteer with The Night Ministry directly.
Volunteering for the Greater Chicago Food Depository: Volunteers are needed, especially with high demand! Family friendly volunteer opportunities are also available once a month.
Volunteer at the Women’s Center , a pro-life ministry devoted to helping women in problem pregnancies. They have three counseling offices in the Chicago area. Each year their counselors help approximately 5,000 women and their families.
Lakeview Pantry is on the St. Alphonsus campus. They welcome both donations and volunteer support. Contact Erin.
Aquinas Literacy Center is looking for ESL volunteers to teach English to adult learners. Volunteers tutor for about 90 minutes a week. All training is provided.
Lincoln Park Community Shelter assists those living on the streets in our neighborhood. Their programs meet immediate needs and work toward moving clients to permanent housing. More information about ways to volunteer is available on their web site.