2017: Our BEST. LENT. EVER!

Lent is all about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving so to help you make this your Best. Lent. Ever! we’re trying to help you find ways to do more of all three (without giving up chocolate for Lent).  So, please check back on this page often for inspiration, parish events, and resources of all types to help you make 2017 your Best. Lent. Ever!

Yes, we’ve adopted and borrowed this popular by-line from
Matthew Kelly and our friends at Dynamic Catholic.  See more below…

Lenten Prayer,  Fasting,  Almsgiving
and Fellowship at Saint Agnes

Quick Reference
MORNING MASS – Weekdays at 7:30 a.m.
EVENING MASS – Thursdays at 6:15 p.m.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Thursdays after 7:30 a.m. Mass until evening Mass at 6:15 p.m.
CENTERING PRAYER – Thursdays after the 6:15 p.m. Mass
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
ROSARY – Fridays following Stations

ROSARY – add this special rosary to your Lenten prayer devotion
Join us in Church on Saturday, March 18, at noon as we pray a rosary for the “Family” under the protection of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and Jesus, the original Holy Family.

Guidelines for Fasting and Abstinence
This page answers the questions about when and how to fast and/or abstain from meat and what ages are bound by the requirements.

Lenten Family Intergenerational Event
Held on Monday, February 27, 2017, Faith Formation Director Mary Blythe provided our first step toward making 2017 our Best. Lent. Ever! at Saint Agnes.  If you didn’t attend, find out what you missed and participate in the post-event activity.  If you did attend, find your picture or your favorite activity and share it all over again!

Daily Mass and Thursday Adoration
With few exceptions (noted in the bulletin Liturgy Schedule) daily Mass is held Monday-Friday at 7:30 a.m. In addition, after Mass on Thursday, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist takes place on Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. followed by an evening daily Mass at 6:15 p.m. During this, your Best. Lent. Ever!, make an extra effort to spend some time with Jesus on Thursday or attend weekday Mass.

Are You “Resisting Happiness?”
Whether or not you read the book by Matthew Kelly that Saint Agnes gifted to us this past Christmas, you are welcome to join this Lenten program offered by Monsignor Paul and Ray Takacs on Thursday evenings, 7-8 p.m.  Come to the 6:15 Mass and stay…  More Info

Fish Fry Information and Menu
Our Fish Fry is THREE WEEKS only!  Besides eating great fish, soup, sides, and desserts you are supporting Saint Agnes with your patronage and you can still help in the following ways:

  • Donate multi-pack cans of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Sierra Mist.  Just drop them off in the church narthex.
  • Bake desserts or goodies and drop them off by 3:30 p.m. on any of the 3 Fridays.
  • Volunteer!  Just show up and ask for Geralyn to put you to work.  (If you need clearances, call the parish office at 724-863-2626 and Kim can help.)

Following Christ
This is our 7th offering of Following Christ over the last 6 years and if you’ve already completed Discovering Christ, you’re ready for Following Christ!  Lent is the perfect time for Following Christ because the focus is on developing your prayer life (or improving it) and learning more about being a disciple of Christ.  Join us Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. March 2 – April 20 (excluding Holy Thursday).  More info.

Join the Parish Choir
Practices are Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. in the church and new members are most welcome to join our exceptional parish choir now as they prepare the music of Lent and Easter.  Just come to practice or call Karen Kustra at 724-863-8687.  Who knows?  Your Best Lent Ever might really be the year that you joined the choir!

Because I am Catholic: I pray–I serve–I give
This is the theme for the Diocesan Lenten Appeal this year.  We all know that this annual appeal helps support the work of the Diocese in many ways but did you know that once we meet the target set by the diocese, our parish keeps every penny above that!  This year, we want to raise an additional $15,000 above our target to support weekend nutrition for low-income families in the school district AND fund the renovation of two confessionals into a Prayer Chapel with votive candles.  Check your mail for the letter from Monsignor Paul or visit the diocesan site to make a donation (be sure to choose Saint Agnes as your parish!) or for more information on what this fund supports.

Links to Prayer & Events All Over

Best Lent Ever video-based email from Dynamic Catholic 
Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a FREE video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly.  Saint Agnes has given out several of Matthew’s books in the past through our free book program: Rediscover Catholicism (Christmas 2012); Rediscover Jesus (Christmas 2013); and Resisting Happiness (Christmas 2016).   Now, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it.

InstaLent Photo Challenge
The InstaLent Photo Challenge is a creative way to help you make 2017 your Best. Lent. Ever! The challenge gives you a daily theme to use for your photo (e.g. ashes, bread, prayer, etc.) and you are to upload it to Instagram tagged #BHLent2017 and @bustedhalo. You can also participate via Twitter or Facebook and use #BHLent2017 #BustedHalo and mention @bustedhalo.  To participate, you’ll need to know all the contest rules so be sure to visit the Busted Halo sponsor site.  The InstaLent Photo Challenge is sponsored by Busted Halo, a ministry of the Roman Catholic Paulist Fathers.

25 Great Things You Can Do For Lent
This is also presented by Busted Halo and contains some great ideas to help make 2017 your Best. Lent. Ever!  Hint:  If you haven’t figured it out yet, Busted Halo is a great site for young people!