Lenten Awareness “Do This In Memory of Me”

As we continue this Lenten Journey we are aware that life in Christ is life with Christ and the community of believers. It is because of the love we received and accepted and because of the empathy we model from the life of Christ that we reach out of our comfort zones.
Tonight, March 28,  the 5th graders are hosting a Taco-in-the-bag Dinner with the proceeds from the free will offering be used to support Heifer International Project. Heifer International is a non-profit organization that helps people all over the world by giving them farm animals and teaching them how to care for them. the meal is served from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Nativity Cafeteria.
WOW (Wired on Wednesdays) group is then presenting an interpretation of the Living Stations of the Cross. The Living Stations of the Cross will be March 28 at 6:30 pm at the Nativity Church.
Continuing on our journey, Thursday March 29 at 7:00 pm we have Communal Reconciliation. It is a time of reflection about our actions and how these actions affect others. This communal reconciliation is our Springtime of hope and new beginnings.

Palm Sunday Masses begin in the gymnasium for the 5:00 pm Saturday, and 9:15 and 10:45 Sunday liturgies. In the spirit of the day, we will process into the Church. Thus begins our observance of Holy Week.

Holy Week Liturgy Schedule
Monday-Wednesday April 2,3,4
Daily Mass— 7:00 am and 8:00 am
Monday, April 2 Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral—4:30 pm

The Triduum
Holy Thursday, April 5
Morning Prayer  (Chapel)  8:00 am
Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Church) 7:30 pm
Adoration follows in Chapel until Night Prayer at 10:30 pm
Good Friday, April 6
Morning Prayer (Chapel) 8:00 am
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 4:00 pm
Tenebrae   8:30 pm
Holy Saturday, April 7
Morning Prayer 8:00 am
Great Easter Vigil  8:30 pm
Easter Sunday April 8
Eucharistic Liturgies 7:45 am, 9:15 am and 10:45 am








Our Lenten Journey 2012

Mardi Gras:Fat Tuesday will be celebrated with a talent show and some
delicious, tantalizing desserts made by our parishioners. Come and enjoy tasty treats and laughter before our Lenten journey begins! Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm, Nativity Gym.

Ash Wednesday Masses are 7am, 8am,1:30pm and 6:30pm.

Daily Reflections for Lent: “Not by Bread Alone” by Robert F. Morneau
Two hundred pocket-sized booklets will be gifted to the members of Nativity by the Nativity Knights of Columbus. These carry- along books contain a scripture reading, a reflection, a meditation and a prayer. Another option is to download these meditations to your iPhone, iPad or Android for $0.99 www.litpress.org

Lenten Prayers for Hungry People
Lenten Prayers for Hungry People will be available as table tents on the cafeteria tables during Lent. Unfolded table tents would be available for taking home while supplies last. The table tents are created and donated by Bread for the World.

Christian Simplicity , Lent 4.5
Lent 4.5 is a formation program for Lent exploring Christian simplicity. The Social Justice group will invite all to explore different topics through a weekly handout, as well as, to receive daily Lenten emails or participate in an online blog.

Make a World of Difference. The Heifer Project is a yearly endeavor at Nativity Parish. If you are looking to make a real difference for a needy family this Lent, here’s a great starting point. Cut back on family spending and save up enough to buy a goat, chickens, or even a cow for villagers in a developing country. Fifth graders from our parish Faith Formation are heading up this Lenten project. (heifer.org)

Stations of the Cross: Many varied expressions of “walking with Jesus on his last week on earth” will be offered each Friday during Lent at 6:30 pm in the worship space. Everyone welcome for this time of reflection and prayer. *On Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm in the worship space, our junior high youth group, W.O.W., will be acting out “The Living Stations of the Cross” so stations will not be offered March 30. All are welcome.

Christ Renews His Parish: The Men’s Retreat will be held the first weekend of Lent and then both men’s and women’s groups will continue with formation.

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass:Understanding what we say and do in the Liturgy
by Dr. Edward Sri: Join with others in a biblical walk through of The Mass. A video and discussion is sure to renew your faith this Lent and deepen your love and devotion to the Eucharist.

Communal Lenten Sacrament of Reconciliation:This sacrament of God’s unending love and Forgiveness will be celebrated as a parish on Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm in the worship space. All invited.

Palm Weaving Instruction on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion