Lenten Holy Moments

Keeping Hope Alive!

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40 Days of Hope

+ Pray + Fast + Give


 


Pray 

Commitment throughout Lent

COVID restrictions do not allow us to pass out this year's prayer commitment cards.  However, we have made the adjustment and are enabling you to choose one or two intentional prayer commitments allowing you to personally grow in your prayer life.  Click HERE to download and print the Commitment Sheet.

Stations of the Cross on Fridays
Scriptual Stations will be offered Fridays during Lent @ 7:00 pm in the church.  These will be offered both in person (please register) or via Live Stream.  We will also have a digital version of the Stations of the Cross running every three hours on Facebook and our website on Fridays so that you can tune in when it is most convenient for you to pray.


Mary's Way of the Cross 
These Stations will be offered on Wednesdays during Lent digitally.  Our own Deacon Joe Pusateri and Maria Pusateri will walk us through Mary's Way of the Cross.  These Stations will be running every three hours on Facebook and our website so that you can tune in when it is most convenient for you to pray.

 

Eucharistic Adoration
Spend some quiet time with our Lord.  Adoration will be available immediately following Stations of the Cross on March 5th, First Friday, at 7:30pm until 9pm.  We will expose the Blessed Sacrament for private prayer in the church.  


 


Daily Mass
Daily Mass is offered online via social media and our website Monday through Saturday at 8:30am.  In person attendance is also available with registration on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays.  Please enter through the doors on Pine Avenue.  On Thursdays our St. Walter School children attend in person, which is the reason it isn't open to the public during the pandemic.

Reconciliation (Confession)
During Lent there will be multiple opportunities to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Each Friday, prior to Stations of the Cross from 6pm to 7pm we will have Reconciliation, in addition to our traditional 3:30pm on Saturdays.  We will also offer a Parish Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, March 23, time to be announced.  

 

Fast 
Christians who observe Lent typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something—a habit, such as smoking, watching TV, swearing, or a food or drink, such as sweets, chocolate, or coffee. Some Christians also take on a Lenten discipline, such as reading the Bible and spending more time in prayer to draw nearer to God.

At Saint Walter Church, we are suggesting a Reverse Lent Challenge.  Rather than give something up, take something on to brighten someone's day.  For 40 days you could effectively change the lives of 40 people plus one.  The plus one is you.  Take this time to grow closer to our Lord via some of the suggestions below while clicking the link above to learn more about a Reverse Lent Challenge.

Dynamic Catholic's Daily Digital Devotion is a great way to add more to your Lenten journey.  Click the box to the left to sign up or visit the Lent page of Dynamic Catholic.



Father Mike Schmitz with Ascention Press is offering the chance to walk through the entire Bible in one year.  It is a Daily podcast featuring the work of Jeff Cavins.  Ever wanted to really read the Bible but didn't know where to start?  It's not too late. Use this helpful podcast.   

Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire website offers Lenten Gospel Reflections that come straight to your email.  Click the logo to the left to sign up to receive these notifications to hear Bishop Barron.

Our own Father Mario has a couple of digital offerings this Lent.  First begin each day on Social Media (Facebook and Instagram) with his quick podcast, SONShine.  Here Father will offer a little insight into the Daily Gospel or just something to consider about your relationship with Our Lord.  He gives a short insight on the Daily Gospel and some  having a live stream conversation with various people throughout Lent to discuss the book, I Heard God Laugh by Matthew Kelly.  An interactive live stream on YouTube and Facebook will kick off on Monday, February 22.  We are also offering Zoom small group discussion groups.  Get a group together or let us put you in a group.  Register here to participate.  

IndexFRATELLI TUTTI by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Deacon Joe Pusateri is offering a weekly Zoom meeting on Thursdays  to read and discuss this Encyclical Letter.  To sign up, please click  Deacon Joe directly to be added to his invitation list.  

 


Give (Almsgiving)

This year we have two options for the parishioners of Saint Walter to offer Almsgiving during the six week period of Lent.  Both options will help those in need in our immediate area.  Our first option is a collection canister in which you can collect dollars or coins for the Roselle Food Pantry. Our second option will be an envelope to return gift cards that will go directly to DuPage PADS or our St. Vincent DePaul group here.  Take one or take both.  Help us help those in most need.  These will be available in the Narthex or Guiney Center Porch beginning Ash Wednesday.

 

Add extra Holy Moments to your Lenten Journey 

Eucharistic Adoration
Spend a Quiet Hour
with the Lord

March 5th after Stations in the Church.  Please register to attend.

Reconciliation
(Confession) Times

6:00pm Fridays before Stations
3:30pm  Saturday afternoons

St. Walter Lenten Almsgiving
This year we will have two opportunities for Lenten Almsgiving.  You may take one of the canisters we will have for donations to the Roselle Food Pantry and/or we are offering the opportunity to give gift cards that will be given to our chapter of St. Vincent DePaul and DuPage PADS.


Intentional Prayers
During Lent we are asking for our community to hold in prayer the following this week:

We Pray For:

The journey of the guests in the Alpha Marriage Course

The young people who are making their first reconciliation , that they experience Jesus in this sacrament

The 8th graders as they prepare to receive the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of confirmation

The individuals who have answered the call to be sponsors, that they serve this calling with joy and commitment

Our parishioners to have open hearts in response to their commitment to keep hope alive at St. Walter and to prepare for this Lenten season.