Friday, February 21, 2020

Ideas for Lent

Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic Men which urges them to embrace wholeheartedly masculine virtues in a world in crisis. This hard-hitting new video series illustrates the gravity of our duty as men of Christ and offers an inspiring invitation to renew authentic masculinity.


Kind of like "Exodus 90" but not as intense.  Challenge yourself to take on some ascetic and prayer practices to ramp-up your relationship with our Faith.  Saturday mornings 6:30 at St. Celestine, those accepting this challenge will meet to discuss how we're doing, encourage each other, and discuss what we're learning in the little black books.
  • 30 minutes of prayer each day
  • 30 minutes of work-out each day
  • Limit screen time (phone/computer/tv) - maybe read a book instead?
  • no desserts / reduce sugar
  • no eating between meals (unless you're turning into a bear, eat some fruit!)
  • Go out of your way to do something for your wife or kids (or family)
  • Fast every Friday (you decide the level you can commit to:  no food, one meal, reduced portions, etc)
  • Read the Little Black Book devotional daily


The modern woman's guide to the Bible.

Have you ever considered that your day-to-day struggles are, at their core, timeless and universal? Though your challenges are deeply personal, they are also deeply human, and God has provided workable solutions for you through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.
Walking with Purpose would like to help you enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nurtured through personal Bible study and small group discussions created just for women.


Little Children
Consider having children give up "screens": cell phones, video games, tablets, and television. Read a book each week instead.  Consider encouraging your little ones to abstain from meat on Friday and even to fast (under your supervision of course). Have them put 10% of their piggy bank into the collection basket. Bring them with you to the Way of the Cross or your Holy Hour each week.  Take them along to serve at a soup kitchen or visit the elderly.


“Best Lent Ever”
Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent
It’s a totally free and totally awesome daily Lenten video program (sent straight to your email) that will help you unlock your God-given potential.
from Dynamic Catholic (Matthew Kelly’s organization)


Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Pilgrimage Statue
(Check the local parish bulletins for specific events.  Here is when it will be close to our parish:)
Huntingburg, Monday, March 16th – starting with Mass and procession at 6 pm.  Ending 6:30 a.m. Tues
Holy Trinity Catholic School (Precious Blood campus) – Tuesday, March 17, 8 am Mass/procession.
Holy Trinity Catholic School (Holy Family campus) – Tuesday, March 17, 1 pm procession and rosary
St. Joe, Jasper – Tuesday, March 17, 6:20 pm  Procession/Mass.  Ending 4:30 pm Wed.
Also at Daylight Mar 13-15, Vincennes March 15-16, Dale March 18-19 and Rockport March 19-20.. 
Also MOVIE : Fatima: A Message of Hope  Monday, MARCH 9 TH, TIME: 6-8PM CDT
WHERE: ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH (Lower Level)           LENGTH: 52 minutes
Everyone Invited & Snacks Provided!


Personal Retreat on your computer

Little Black Book 
The Knights of Columbus sponsor having these books for reflection at all the doors.  They're a simple way to add a daily reflection to your prayer life for Lent.


1. Pray the Rosary every day.

2. Receive Communion at Mass every day.

3. Go to Confession every Friday or once a week.

4. Pray the Family Rosary every day or once a week.

5. Pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday.

6. Pray in silence 15 minutes a day.

7. Make a Eucharistic visit every day.

8. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day.

9. Fast on bread and water one to three times per week.

10. Read a spiritual book

11. Give a painfully large donation to charity. (Try adding an extra "zero" when you write the check.)

12. Donate to charity instead of buying something for yourself.

13. Pray "Jesus, I love you!" in the first waking seconds of the day.

14. Listen to Catholic CDs or stream Catholic talks during your commute.

15. Do something romantic or sacrificial to improve your marriage.

16. Volunteer anywhere: at your kid's school, homeless shelter, etc.

17. Visit a home for the elderly.

18. Read a Gospel or all four Gospels.

19. Memorize ten favorite Bible verses.

20. Did we mention fasting one to three times a week?

21. Look through the CD’s at the church door and give some away to those you think might need them.

22. Oh, why not Pray in silence for an hour every day.

23. Set more time aside to be with your children or grandchildren.

24. Give up something you absolutely love, crave, or spend time on, or that annoys others, including:

• lying
• your cellphone (or texting, shopping online, social media, etc.)
• television or your favorite television show
• television before a certain hour
• television after a certain hour
eating while watching television
• coffee or tea (yes, coffee)
coffee or tea you don't brew at home
• caffeine in any form
• diet soda (or soda)
• donuts
• hamburgers
• pizza (yes, pizza)
• chocolate
• anything with chocolate flavor
• all snacks or desserts
• going to movies or Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, etc.
• non-essential Internet
• March Madness
• following your favorite sports team
• video games
• slouching
• gambling (legal or otherwise)
• celebrity magazines
• golf (an objectively grave moral evil) (only kidding)
• booze (yes, booze)
• a destructive, irresistible "friendship"
• foul language
• picking your nose
• showing up late
• not grooming properly
not flossing every day (yuck!)
• sports, music, or talk radio
• fantasy sports
• restaurants
• eating lunch outside of work
• driving when you could walk
• sleeping in late
• hitting the Snooze Button in the morning
• fast food drive-throughs
• not cooking breakfast for your kids
• shopping for clothes or food
• not stopping by your neighbors to say hello
• failing to visit or call your relatives
• soap operas
• the beach (for those of you lucky enough to have one nearby)
• the woods, lakes, or mountains (ditto)
• working on cars
• working in your shop
• chess, checkers, cards, board games
• fishing, hunting, four-wheeling
• skateboarding
• some of your "me" time doing any hobby
• your absolute favorite hobby (aha, you just fainted!)
not reading
• reading (ha!)
• not exercising regularly
• exercising (too much)
• nagging your husband (you know who you are)
• criticizing your wife (she knows who you are)
• interrupting others
• not smiling whenever you meet someone
• crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku
• knitting? (you addicts understand)
• cigarettes
• half or a third of those cigarettes
• cigars, gum, and "phony candy" breath mints
• not taking real breath mints
• cookies
• chips or pretzels (I skipped pretzels when I was a kid)
• cellphone calls in your car (more difficult than you think)
podcasts (or listen only to religious podcasts)
• all non-necessary texting
• not eating your vegetables (even you adults)
• ice cream, donuts, cake
• your favorite dish
• fudging on your tax return
• gossiping at work—say something nice instead
• gossiping anywhere
• stealing "little stuff" from your employer, including time online
• relations with your spouse (on certain days or weeks)
• not having relations with your spouse (if it applies)
• thinking about yourself when you wake up or go to bed (pray instead)
• thinking about yourself when you drive (pray instead)
• talking when you could listen
• buying anything you don't really need
• not making your bed

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