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 Lenten Zone 2022

​Our parish community is offering a number of opportunities for prayer this Lent. Details are listed below. We also encourage you to enjoy dinner on us one or more evenings this Lent by ordering takeout from the Fish Fry.

Stations of the Cross
St. Barbara: 4:00 PM

All Wednesdays this Lent
9:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Diocesan Lenten Appeal
Sharing Our Gifts
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 Scripture Reflection

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Reading 1, Joshua 5:9, 10-12
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:17-21


The Gospel for today, the Parable of the Prodigal Son, is a story that has always "got" to me.  Over the years, I have felt either jealousy, or heartfelt mercy for the son who wonders away. My first emotion from the very start of the story was in response to the audacity of the young son who asks for his inheritance before his father has died. (RUDE!)

Yet the father, in this parable, agrees to honor the son's request and divides his property among his two sons! (FOOLISH!)  The younger son takes his inheritance and leaves home. The older son remains, continuing to provide for his father. (NICE SON)   Having been disgraced by the younger son, the father spends some time waiting for his return.  When he eventually sees his wayward son returning, the father not only welcomes him but also runs out to greet him and then honors him with a party. (Wha-aaat?)   

I find no surprise in the anger of the older son, but the father appears sad and confused by the older son's reaction.  He tells the older son that they should celebrate because the lost son had returned. The father is filled with gratitude and love for the older son's faithfulness, and this love is in no way diminished by the father's rejoicing at the return of the younger son. The older son's jealousy reveals his limited understanding of the depth of his father's love and mercy.  MERCY!  To love to the point of deep, unfailing mercy.  WOW!  Are we confident in the depth of God our Father's deep love and mercy for us?

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means "rejoice." Today, Fr. Michael's vestments change to a rose color.   This change in color indicates a glimpse of the joy that awaits us at Easter. Today's Gospel describes the reason for our joy: God's great love for us has been revealed in Jesus. Through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has reconciled us with God and one another: MERCY par excellence!!

Try to find some hints of rose in the environment at Mass today.


Dawn Borger

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 Children and Family

​Lenten Adventure, Holy Heroes

Fun, faithful, and free activities for kids ages 5-12 for every day in Lent.

Encounter Lent as a Family
Lenten family guide, activities, recipes and more from CRS & CRS Rice Bowl

Lent at Home
Activities for Busy Catholic Families.

Family Prayers for Lent
A few possibilities for praying as a family during Lent and any other time of the year.

Stations of the Cross for Children Online Retreat
A digital Stations of the Cross for Children.

Stations of the Cross: A walk through for young kids
Download Stations of the Cross: A walkthrough for young kids from OSV Kids. Beautiful illustrations and easy language to help your kids engage with the Stations of the Cross. The perfect way to enhance your family prayer life during Lent.

How to Make a Home Altar & Prayer Space
A designated, special spot to pray together as a family.

 Prayer and Daily Inspiration

Best Lent Ever
Quick daily videos to help you along your Lenten Journey, delivered right to your inbox.

Lenten Gospel Reflections
Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel. Daily reflections on scripture from Bishop Barron.

The Way of the Cross
Free audio from Ascension to experience the way of the cross as you never have before. Rather than meditating about Christ's journey to the cross, pray with him.

Ignation Prayer Adventure for Adults
An eight week adaptation of Ignation Spiritual Exercises.

Living Lent Daily
Scripture-based inspiration email series from Loyola Press.

Lunchtime Examen
Use at lunchtime to review your day in the presence of God.

A Catholic meditation app to help you find peace and grow in your spiritual journey. Search Hallow in your App store. Details also available in the Narthex of the church.
Your portable breviary to pray with the full texts of the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Word Among Us
Daily meditations on scripture, inspirational essays, stories of the saints, and more.

Seven Last Words
A seven day devotion from "A Catholic Book of Hours and Other Devotions."