“Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).”

from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, http://www.usccb.org

>Find an Lenten Calendar and a plethora of Lenten resources at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website: https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year-and-calendar/lent

>Review the Guidelines about Lenten Fasting and Abstinence here or here.

>Visit our St. James the Apostle Glen Ellyn YouTube Channel to access weekend Mass and our virtual Friday Stations of the Cross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPGsN2-Ns582cA33cFFmnbQ

>Take part in the Knights of Columbus 40 Cans for Lent Food Drive on Saturday, February 20 from 9-12 Noon. Drop off at Door 10, located in the parking lot accessed on Park Blvd. All donations will benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Download the flyer below for more information:

>Sign up to receive Flocknotes from the parish, which this Lent, will feature some great content from Bishop Barron and his organization, Word on Fire: https://stjamesge.org/sign-up-for-flocknote/

>Sign up to participate in Dynamic Catholic’s annual Lent Daily Program, the Best Lent Ever: https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/lent/best-lent-ever.html

>Use our parish subscription to Formed to find an enriching Lenten reflections: Go to www.FORMED.org You should see the registration box for parishioners. Type in the parish code: DHTGWY. Now set up your username and a password. You will be all set to use the great programs on FORMED.org anytime, simply by logging in.

Search Lent or go directly to: https://watch.formed.org/lenten-reflections

>Pick up a copy of one of our 2 Daily Lenten Prayer Books available at the Ministry Center during office hours. This year we have a limited number of copies of both the Little Black Book for Lent and Seeds of Hope.

>Busted Halo, is a unique media resource that utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put together this article last year with 25 ideas of things you can do for Lent.