For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
(Romans 8:14)


Mission Leader: Father Dan Leary


Saint Andrew Apostle Catholic Church

Sunday evenings, February 11 – March 25, 2018

(no meeting February 18)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This Parish Lenten Mission is an invitation to journey together as a parish and develop a deeper intimacy with God through the power of the Holy Spirit.  These six sessions are designed to help us grow in holiness through sound Catholic teaching of the transforming Gospel message and provide an opportunity to delve deeper into truths of our faith through small group discussion, dynamic prayer times, and directed personal reflection.  This experience during Lent will help us to grow as a Catholic community and lead us to live in the joy of the Resurrection.  

Due to the nature of this program, participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.


Check back on our website for future events.

Small group assignments will be posted in the vestibule of the church

on February 10.


WEEK 1: The Father’s Loving Plan


By the grace of Baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, we are called to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, here on earth in the obscurity of faith, and after death in eternal light. (CCC 265)



WEEK 2: The Joy of the Gospel


We are invited to respond to what God has given us, the invitation in the Gospel to walk in the way of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit who inspires, guides, corrects, and strengthens us. (CCC 1691-1698)


WEEK 3: The Gift of the Spirit


When his visible presence was taken from them, Jesus did not leave his disciples orphans. He promised to remain with them until the end of time; he sent his Spirit. (CCC 788)


WEEK 4: Unwrapping God’s Gift


To prepare to unwrap the gift offered to us in the Gospel and return to communion with God after having lost it through sin, we must ask for the precious gift of God’s mercy for oneself and for others. (CCC 1489)


A typical evening will follow this timetable:

6:30 pm Dinner in Small Groups
6:50 pm Introduction, Opening Prayer and Song
7:00 pm Father’s Talk
7:30 pm Small Group Discussion
8:15 pm Closing Prayer and Song
8:30 pm End


“Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God? Give it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.”
Saint Augustine

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the three closely-connected pillars of Lenten practice: to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. These are not goals in themselves, but rather the means to deepen our relationship with God and neighbor. The focus of our Parish Lenten Mission will be on prayer, Scripture, and reflection. In addition, a variety of suggestions and resources will be offered through this webpage to help provide information on almsgiving and fasting, especially those opportunities offered through the parish and in coordination with the weekly themes of the Mission so that we may grow together in faith. Thus, our weekly lessons will be strengthened and re-enforced through the practice of almsgiving and fasting as our parish prepares for Holy Week and Easter. We encourage you to visit these pages often, as they will be continually updated throughout our Lenten journey.

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.  Click <HERE> for suggestions.


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.  Click <HERE> for suggestions.


Just as our bodies need physical food, we need spiritual nourishment for our souls as we journey together this Lent. The Scriptures and the Eucharist offer this fortification. We encourage you to consider attending daily Mass as your schedule allows, beyond your Sunday obligation.  Father Dan will be offering a 6:30 AM and 12:00 PM Mass each weekday during Lent in addition to our regular 8:30 AM Mass.

“May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion.”
Pope Francis, Lenten Message 2017



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