Lent 2018

Lenten Programs 2018

We invite you to enrich your spiritual life by taking part is some or all of these programs during Lent.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14 and is a day of fast and abstinence. Ash Wednesday Masses will be held at 6:30 a.m., 12 Noon, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Ashes on forehead



DVD & Discussion Series – Catholicism: The Pivotal Players on Sundays of Lent
From 4:00-6:00 p.m., on Feb. 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, in the Adult Ed Classroom, come discover six key figures who shaped the Church and changed history. For more info, contact Kathy Schmitt (kschmitt123@yahoo.com).

40 Days for Life Campaign on Tuesdays of Lent
Join in prayer to end abortion on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m., February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27. A group will leave from the church at 4:30 p.m., carpooling to Metropolitan Family Planning, 5915 Greenbelt Rd., College Park, MD. Join us or pray from home. Call Dorie for more info: 301-498-7649.

“The Light Is On” Confessions on Wednesdays of Lent
Priest absolving a penitent manConfessions will be heard on the Wednesdays of Lent, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.



Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent
On Fridays of Lent, Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, and 16, there will be Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. Note: On Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be outdoors at 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Lenten First Friday Mass and Stations
On Friday, March 2, there will be Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.

CRS Rice Bowl—Helping the Poor at Home and Abroad
Each household is invited to take home a cardboard “Rice Bowl” and fill it with coins and bills throughout Lent, as part of your Lenten sacrifice. Return it to church during Holy Week. Of the monies collected, 25% stays in our area and 75% goes to help the poor all around the world.

Lenten Reflection Booklets from Word Among Us
Available after all Masses for a suggested donation of $1.00. The booklet has the Mass readings for each day of lent, plus a daily reflection and helpful articles.

Lenten Talks: Death and Dying
Intro to Death and Dying
, led by Fr. Mel on Friday, Mar. 2 at 9 a.m. and repeated on Sat., Mar. 3 at 11:00 a.m.

Honoring the Dignity of Life by Mary Forr, Director of the Office of Life Issues, Tuesday, Mar. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Time and Talent Weekend
After all Masses March 3-4, visit the tables in church to learn more about, and volunteer for, our parish ministries and organizations. Contact Dorie Ranaghan for more info: doralisj@verizon.net

Lenten Food Drive
Please donate non-perishable items to our annual Lenten Food Drive. The filled bags are due at St. Nicholas after the March 10-11 Masses. Donations go to Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS).

Maryland March for Life
The annual Maryland March for Life will be held the evening of Monday, March 12. A group will meet at 5:00 p.m. and depart from St. Nicholas at 5:15 p.m., with carpooling available to Annapolis, and returning to church a few hours later. For more info call Dorie: 301-498-7649.

Lenten Reconciliation Service
Our parish Lenten Reconciliation Service will be on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. There will be a brief prayer service and then confessions. Several priests will hear confessions.

Decorate Outdoor Crosses for Easter
We need volunteers—families, individuals and parish organizations—to decorate the 14 crosses that line the church parking lot during Holy Week. Please call Brinda to volunteer by March 18: 301-490-5116.

Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday, March 24/25

Weekend Masses are as usual. 5:00 p.m. Saturday; 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, March 29
Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by Adoration in the church.

Good Friday, March 30
Outdoor Stations of the Cross
at 3:00 p.m., weather permitting
Veneration of the Cross at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Mass, March 31
Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m. (No 5:00 p.m. Mass) This is the most amazing Mass of the whole year, with many special ritual and liturgical actions only found on this one day!

Masses for Easter Sunday, April 1
Christ is Risen! Sunday Masses are as usual. 8:00, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Resources for Spiritual Enrichment

  • WMET 1160 AM Catholic Radio
  • 91.9 WGTS FM Radio – Christian Contemporary music
  • 95.1 WRBS Shine FM Radio – Christian Contemporary
  • Read or listen to the daily Mass readings, or watch a brief video reflection: www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/index.cfm
  • Sacred Space provides Catholic prayer online in English, French, Spanish, and many other languages: http://www.sacredspace.ie
  • Busted Halo is a Catholic site focused on young adults and sharing faith joyfully: bustedhalo.com