Our Lenten Journey

What Is the Lenten Season?

Lent is the 40 days (excluding Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter and includes a 40-day fast, in imitation of Jesus Christ's fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. Lent is a time of preparation and personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter.

What Happens During Lent and Why?

The three main things people focus on during Lent are prayer, fasting (abstaining from something to reduce distractions and focus more on God) and charity.

Jesus sacrificed Himself on Good Friday and was raised from the dead on Easter Sunday to give us an opportunity to have a relationship with God for eternity.

Spending time during Lent praying, fasting and giving can make Jesus’ sacrifice on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter even more meaningful.

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Lent for Kids
Click here for some interesting ideas to make Lent more meaningful for your children.

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Additional Resources
Click here for prayer trechniques for adults and children.  

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Join us on our Lenten Journey:  Calendar of Events

February

26th & 27th

Little Black Books

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These Lenten daily devotionals will be distributed at all Masses. Pick up yours at the parish center or after Mass.

March

2nd

Ash Wednesday

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Click here for Mass schedule and outdoor walk-up distribution of ashes. Click here for Lenten regulations.

March 

4th

Stations of the Cross 7pm

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Featuring Briana Quigley, Director of Communications, St Bartholomew the Apostle, Scotch Plains - livestream available.

Beginning

3/7 and 3/13

Small Group
Conversations

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Featuring Life is Messy by Matthew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic. Books are free and available at Mass or the parish offices. Click here to register for a session

March 

19th

Feast of St. Joseph

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St. Joseph's zeppole (pastry) and coffee will be served after 9 am Mass in the Narthex.

March

28th

Penance Service 7pm

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Individual confessions are available after the service.

April

8th

Stations of the Cross 7pm

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Featuring Most Reverend Michael A. Saporito, Regional Bishop for Bergan County - livestream available.

Palm Sunday-

Easter

Rice Bowl Return

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Return your filled rice bowl to any Mass during Holy Week or click here to make a donation to feed the hungry.

April 

15th

Good Friday

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Morning Prayer - 9am

Passion of the Lord - 3pm

April

16th

Holy Saturday

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Morning Prayer - 9 am

Easter Vigil - 8 pm

February

26th & 27th

Rice Bowl Distribution

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Fill your rice bowl with the money you save fasting during Lent. Return your filled bowl during Holy Week or click here to make a donation to feed the hungry.

March

3rd

Bible Study

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Jesus through the Gospel of John. Program leaders re Sam and Marianne Sowell. Register here.

March 

11th

Stations of the Cross 7pm

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Featuring Bridget Neigel, Finance Council Chair and Going Home Project Manager, Church of the Little Flower - livestream available.

March

18th

Family Stations 7pm 

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Family-centric stations relating to Christ's journey to Calvary - livestream available.

March

25th

Taize Prayer Service 7pm

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Click here and learn to pray with Taize music.

April

1st

Stations of the Cross 7pm

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Featuring Reverend  Bismarck Chau, Rector, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart - livestream available.

April 

10th

Palm Sunday

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Mass Times: Saturday anticipation Mass: 5:30 pm

Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am, and 12:15 pm

April 

14th

Holy Thursday

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Morning Prayer - 9 am

Mass of the Lord's Supper - 8pm

Night Prayer - 10:45 pm

April 

15th

Divine Mercy Novena

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Click here if you'd like the Novena sent to your email or texted to you each day at 3pm. Click here for more information on Divine Mercy. Click here for information on our service.

 
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