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Lenten Opportunities

Instead of giving something up for Lent this year, do something different for your self:  Encounter Jesus in a new way. 

It is all well, good and holy to give something up for Lent as part of prayer, penence and almsgiving, but the best laid plans of man sometimes seem to fail.  How often have we given up chocolate, TV, alcohol, and more only to fail and make our selves miserable in our failure. 

This Lent do something different and think about partiipating in one of our many offerings to help you take this time to grow in your relationship with Jesus, help others or just commit to spending more time with the Lord.  

We have many ways this Lent includng the following (for more info on each item, scroll down):

  • Gospel Reflection Groups

  • Lenten Day of Service

  • Spiritual Food For Your Soul

  • The Meaning of Lent

  • Friday Stations of the Cross

  • Fish Fry

  • Living Stations of the Cross by our St. Norbert Youth Group

Gospel Reflection Groups:  Spend 9 hours this Lent changing your life by joining one of our groups who gather to read the upcoming Gospel during the week and then go deeper in exploring what God is telling us and how we can apply that to daily living.  Contact:  To learn more, find a group at a time convient to your schedule or ask questions, contact Ed Grady at 610.644.1655, ext 115 or egrady@parish.stnorbert.org

Lenten Day of Service:  Help others by participating in our annual Lenten Day of Service on Saturday, Mar 17.  Join numerous other parishioners on-site at the parish campus preparing care packages for our armed services members stationed overseas, making meals for Aid for Friends,  sewing projects for Alzheimer’s patients and more.  Off-site projects include activities for Birthright moms in Coatesville, maintenance and renovation at Bethesda Shelters in Philly, visits to Nursing and Extended Living people in the Paoli area and more.  Exact program, contacts and signups to come shortly.

Spiritual Food For Your Soul:  Daylesford Abbey (220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301) will hold an Ash Wednesday Day of Reflection on Feb 14 that will look at the dynamics of our inner journey through crisis in life.  The day begins with Morning Prayer at 8:30 am and includes presentation by former Abbot Ronald Rossi with Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass ending at 1:30 pm.  Cost:  $30 offering per person including a light Lenten lunch.  Deadline:  Register by Feb 7.  RSVP:  610.647.2530 ext 133 or registrations@daylesford.org

The Meaning of Lent:  Fr. Joseph Serano of Daylesford Abbey will lead four evening Lenten presentations starting on Mondays with:

  • ¨Feb 19:  Preparing To Renew The Promises Of Our Baptism

  • Feb 26: A Season Of Prayer, Fasting And Almsgiving

  • Mar 5: Remembering Our Fundamental Call To Join The Communion Of Saints

  • Mar 12:  A Closer Look At Mary: The First Christian, The First Saint

These evenings held at Daylesford Abbey (220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301) start with an optional dinner at 5:40 pm and presentation at 6:30 pm .  Offering:  $25 each dinner; $15 presentation only OR four sessions $90 dinner or $50 presentations only.  RSVP:  610.647.2530 ext 133 or registrations@daylesford.org

New This Lent . . .Changes on Fridays

Fridays take on a renewed importance in Lent.  This year, some elements will be different and we’ve added a new effort.

Friday Stations of the Cross:  This year, our Diaconate candidates will be leading Friday Stations of the Cross starting Feb 16 to Mar 22 at 6 pm.  This traditional journey with Jesus to Calvary will be led by our four men currently at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Diaconate program:  Steve Martino, Hank Fila, Paul Stoyell-Horner and Tom Strohmetz.  Make your plans now as an individual or a family to spend time with Jesus on the Way of the Cross for a half hour Friday nights.

Fish Fry:  New this year is a parish-wide Fish Fry Friday Mar 16 at 6 pm.  “While Poor Man’s Supper has been a parish mainstay for 15 years, it seems to have lost its enthusiasm,” said Fr. Mike.  “Other parishes have very successful Lenten Fish Frys and we decided to focus on one evening to bring all our ministries, families, school, CaFFE religious ed and individuals together for one big evening followed by our extremely popular Youth Group Living Stations.” All proceeds from the Fish Fry ticket sales will benefit the Bethesda Project which manages and oversees homeless shelters for men and women in Philadelphia.  Betheda Project was started by our former pastor and new Daylesford Abbey Abbot Domenic Rossi.  Information on purchasing tickets will be available soon. 

Youth Group Living Stations:  Immediately following the Fish Fry, our Youth Group’s Living Stations of the Cross will be held in the St. Norbert Church on Friday, Mar 16 ? at 8 pm.  The Living Stations will also be held following the Youth Mass on Sunday  Mar 18 at 7:30 pm.

   

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