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Ash Wednesday Retreat

Wednesday, March 6, 10:15 AM - Wednesday, March 6, 2:00 PM


Deadline: March 4 (or earlier if capacity is reached)


Cost: $10, covers luncheon and retreat booklet

Date, Time, and Place:
Wednesday, March 6
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Saint John XXIII Room, A14 (Lower Level)

Luncheon: Retreat registration includes a light soup lunch after the noon Mass in A14 (at approximately 1:00 p.m.) It will consist of meatless soups, crackers, rolls, coffee, and water.

Mass Options: Retreatants are welcome to attend the 9:00 a.m. school Mass which is open to everyone before the retreat session, or to attend the Mass at 12:00 noon after the retreat session. The imposition of ashes will be offered after the homily.

The Retreat Program: The retreat will include Lenten hymns, Scripture readings, a slide program on the Chapel of the Condemnation on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, an explanation of site and the events that took place there, and a series of meditations on their spiritual meaning and applications to daily living and the spiritual life.

The First Station. Topics will include the sinister motives behind Jesus’ condemnation, the conspiracy against him, corruption among civil and church leaders, how greed undermines integrity and spiritual values, standing alone against adversity, and dealing with false accusations.

The Second Station. Topics will include embracing difficulty, taking the first step, carrying one’s burdens, resignation to the task at hand, determination to carry on, continuing when things are going from bad to worse, and dealing with inescapable suffering.

A Retreat on Ash Wednesday: A retreat at the beginning of Lent provides a strong spiritual beginning to the forty day journey. It is a penitential season that focuses on the first words of Jesus: “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15). Lent is about conversion, Jesus’ urgent desire that we turn away from sin, grow in virtue, and strengthen our relationship with him.

Beginning with the End in Mind. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, looks forward to Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, the last Sunday of Lent. Ashes remind us of our own mortality as we prepare to commemorate the death of Jesus.

Retreat Registration. The retreat is limited to 125 participants because of the capacity of the room. Registration is first-come, first-serve, and will close when full capacity is reached, or if not, until Monday, March 4, the final deadline. Registration and payment must be completed in advance, and may be done in person at the parish office, on the parish website, or by mail.