Lent 2013: Lenten Calendar and More

I’m also making this post “page” so I (and any local people who want to find all the links) can find the confession schedule around town a little bit easier. ;)  Here are the Lenten activities at the local parishes around us:

All Saints:

Holy Trinity:

  • Lists all their Lenten activities right on their home page. Some details include:“Stations of the Cross & Mass – Join us each Friday during Lent for Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm and Mass at 7:30pm.

    Confession Times During Lent
    Tuesday: 6:30-7:30pm
    Wednesday: 7:00-8:00am & 6:30-8:00pm
    Thursday: 5:30-6:45pm
    Friday: After 9:00am Mass
    Saturday: 4:00-5:20pm & 6:30-7:20pm
    Plus, Monday, March 25 with multiple priests: 6:30-8:30pm
    Friday, March 29: 10:00am-2:45pm
    Saturday, March 30: 10:00am”

Saint Andrew’s

  • So far St. Andrew’s hasn’t posted Lenten activities on their website yet.

Saint John’s in Warrenton

  • Doesn’t have their PDF of their Lenten activities yet. But in this week’s bulletin Father Gould announced they would have confessions every night at 8 pm: “The Ash Wednesday Masses are: 6:30am, 8:30am, 12:30pm and 7:30pm. Just as in the penitential season of Advent we will have evening Confessions at 8:00 PM each week night. Come early and come often or please just come when you can. For the big fish who may not have had their wings dusted in a while or afraid of overwhelming the pious dispositions of the poor priests please don’t worry. We will give you ten dollars for any sin we have never heard before. Hmm, combined that’s over half a century of hearing Confessions. Let us pray for one another.”  UPDATE: Here’s their PDF of all activities.

Our 2013 Lenten Calendar

Thanks to my mother’s tradition, we spend every Ash Wednesday filling out our Lenten calendars.  My mom, being an art teacher, always hand drew some pretty nice looking Lenten calendars for us.  I opt for the computer version; it’s faster and I can print the same thing five times. ;)   One year I did a path version (Lacy at Catholic Icing has one here), but I missed my mother’s traditional Sunday – Saturday version (and it also helped the kids with the days of the week!).  So I went back to our plain version.

My mom would have us fill in our calendar with our Lenten sacrifice and then little sacrifices, prayers, and good deeds on all the other days.  For example:

  • Write Grandma a letter
  • Give up soda
  • Say an extra rosary
  • Read the Bible
  • Draw a picture of Jesus

We could pick anything we wanted to fill up the 40 days of Lent with fasting, almsgiving, and prayers.

We’re using our smaller Lenten calendar again this year. Five Lenten calendars take up a lot of space on my bulletin board, so I shrunk it to a half size sheet a paper that we can put on two sides of purple cardstock.  I also have designated days as “good deed” days or “sacrifice” days to help me encourage them to keep their Lenten promises.  Keeping track of five different kids activities seemed easier if there was a “theme” to the day.

Here’s a PDF of our Lenten calendar:

Lenten Calendar 2013 small filled

And here’s a picture of last year’s calendar, so you can see what it looks like:

For more great Lenten ideas, see my friend Jenn for tons of printable Lenten traditions.

3 thoughts on “Lent 2013: Lenten Calendar and More

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  2. Lisa

    Thanks for posting this! It’s nice to have one source to go to, and I didn’t know about St. John’s confession schedule. :)

  3. aleeinthewoudes Post author

    Thanks Lisa! I like just being able to click on these links for the churches when we’re looking for Mass, Confessions, etc.! I’m glad they’re helpful. I updated some more info today too.

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