February 2018

The Lenten Season

LentWhile it seems that we have just nicely packed up our Christmas decorations, we already find ourselves in February. As Lent approaches, we set our thoughts and prayers more firmly on Our Lord’s Passion. As we prepare to embark on our Lenten journey on February 14, may we all enter into a season of deep reflection.

▪ Click here for 10 tips for making the Lenten season even more meaningful for you, your students, and your family.

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Daily Reflections

During the upcoming Lenten season, we invite you to take time to meditate using one of these daily reflections that will come to your email as one of the ways you prepare for Lent.

Lenten Gospel Reflections with Bishop Robert Barron

Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever

Living Lent Daily

February - Month of the Holy Passion of Our Lord

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope - Psalm 130:5As Catholics, we are blessed to not shy away from the sufferings Our Lord endured for our salvation. We have crucifixes in our churches, homes, and often around our necks. Paintings of the Passion, Stations of the Cross, and extensive readings of the Passion during Lent and Holy Week are just a few things that are part of our Catholic traditions. Of course, we see all of this in light of the Resurrection, but there is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. This really happened. And He did it for us.

Take the time this month to meditate on Our Lord's Passion. It will prepare you for Lent itself by instilling the proper inner atmosphere of acknowledgement, sorrow, and gratitude for this great gift. Really consider what Our Lord went through for you before you decide what type of prayer, penance, and almsgiving you will practice this Lent. Pray to Jesus and Mary for guidance in that. Then, in just a few short weeks when Lent arrives, walk into it not in a scramble for "what to give up" or depression for the sadness of the season, but with the firm intention to grow closer to Our Lord who created and redeemed us.

- Adapted from the "Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa" blog on The Passion of Our Lord.

8 Ways to Pray During Lent

An Examination of Conscience

"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

Ideas for February

February Prayer

Expressions of Prayer

Faith Plan in Action

February Prayer Focus Prayers of Meditation St. Francis Junior High Crossbearer

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Meditation: An exercise and a form of prayer in which we try to understand God’s revelation of the truths of faith and the purpose of the Christian life, and how it should be lived, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking.

Guided Reflection on Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

Guided Meditation: Temptation in the Desert

Guided Meditation: The Prayer in the Garden

God is always there to listen to our prayers of petition. (Student from The Children of St. Martha)

Prayer leads us forward in hope. - Pope Francis

Contact Information

Joann Bartley, Director of Religious Education
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate
Regional Division No. 4
620 12 Street B North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2L7
(403) 327-9555

Email: Joann Bartley

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