What is Lent?
Lent is the annual season of preparation for the Most Holy of all Seasons in the Church, Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday evening, when the Triduum begins.
What Must I Do?
All healthy Catholics from age 18-59 are required to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to abstain from meat all other Fridays during Lent. All youth ages 14-17 are also required to abstain from meat on those days. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. (This year, Bishop Sheridan has removed the requirement to abstain from meat on St. Patrick’s Day, the 3rd Friday in Lent, and has asked that we abstain on another day that week instead.)
What Should I Do?
We are urged to renew ourselves spiritually throughout Lent by practicing the three main Lenten disciplines: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Fasting reminds us to find happiness in God rather than in the physical satisfaction of our physical needs, and recognize that all true and lasting pleasure comes from God. Through fasting, our relationship to ourselves is reoriented toward God.
Almsgiving provides assistance to the poor among us, helps us to recognize God as the true source of our security, and brings our relationship to others into our relationship with God by sharing Christ’s love.
Prayer helps us to acknowledge our limitations and let go of the desire to control everything. In the process, we open ourselves to all that God has to offer us.
Parish Mission 2017
St. Peter’s Lenten Adult Mission
Theme: The Supernatural Effects of Sacramental Grace
Description: The Saints of the Church were ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives. Their primary source of strength was the grace received in the Sacraments. Fr. Leonard Revilla of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word is giving a parish mission March 13-16 on the Supernatural Effects of Sacramental Grace. He will speak about our encounter with Jesus Christ in the Sacraments and explain how to apply the grace received toward our daily Christian living.
Monday, March 13, 7pm - Baptism & Confirmation: Entering into the Life, Death & Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Tuesday, March 14, 7pm - The Holy Eucharist: Supernatural Food for the Christian Journey
Wednesday, March 15, 7pm – Encountering Christ the Great Physician of Souls: The Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick
Thursday, March 16, 7pm - Transforming the Culture of Death through the Sacraments of Communion and Service: Matrimony and Holy Orders.
St. Peter’s Lenten School Mission
Theme: Exploring the Catholic Faith
Description: Come and have fun learning about the Catholic faith with Br. Leo Mary. See how he explains Church teaching using science experiments, games and toys. His lessons will help you become closer to God and build your faith.
Br. Leo Mary, MFVA was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. In 1992, at 19 years of age, he joined the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. He professed perpetual vows in 1998. With a gift for innovation and a mechanical inclination, Br. Leo has designed and created a workable washing machine, dryer, mechanical bike, catapult and a hovercraft. He uses his creations and inventions to communicate the Catholic faith to children in his EWTN show “Hey Br. Leo!” In 2008 he wrote a children’s book with the same title and another in 2012. Br. Leo continues to build mechanical devices for upcoming shows. He currently has a web series titled, “Building Your Faith,”
Rev. Fr. Leonard Mary, MFVA comes from East Los Angeles, California. Before religious life, he attended community college part-time, worked for a department store for seven years, served as a lay missionary and was active at his local parish. He entered the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word in October 2002 and professed final vows on August 14, 2008. Br. Leonard was ordained to the diaconate on May 21, 2011, and completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012, earning a Masters in Divinity. Fr. Leonard was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 2012, and serves primarily in Irondale. He is the EWTN Employee Chaplain, Director of Temporary Professed Brothers, the MFVA Media General Manager, and Chaplain of the St. Barnabas Knights of Columbus Council in Birmingham, Alabama.
Holy Saturday, April 15
Tues/Thurs: 6pm (after Mass)
Fridays: after Stations of the Cross
Sat: 3:45 - 4:30pm
Or schedule an appointment with Fr. Gregory, Fr. Don or Fr. Tom.
Stations of the Cross
March 3, 7pm
March 10, 7pm
March 17, 7pm
March 24, 7pm
March 31, 7pm
April 7, 7pm
April 14, 3pm
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Fridays
Come to Jaeger Hall for a delicious Lenten meal of cod, red potatoes, cole slaw, world famous clam chowder, apple sauce, dessert, coffee and soft drinks. Grilled salmon will also be available in limited quantities. There is no cost for dinner but a free-will offering will be accepted.
March 10, 4:30-7pm
March 17, 4:30-7pm
March 24, 4:30-7pm
March 31, 4:30-7pm
St. Peter Catholic School will host a poverty soup supper followed by middle school students enacting the living stations of the cross.
Join our faith community - and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl in the gathering area of the church and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
Join St. Peter parishioners and Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based e-mail program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness…and what to do about it.
This year’s Best Lent Ever program is based on Matthew Kelly’s newest book, Resisting Happiness, handed out after all Christmas Masses here at St. Peter Catholic Church! Click here and sign up to get emails sent straight to your inbox every day during Lent.
St. Peter Catholic Church
55 Jefferson St.
Monument, CO 80132
Weekend Mass Schedule
Sat: 8am, 5pm
Sun: 8am, 10:30am, 5:30pm