Lenten Programs and Events


Lent 2018 at St. Michael The Archangel Church

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, calling Christians to reform their lives and to open their hearts to the special graces and blessings which God has promised to bestow upon the world. It is a period of time meant to ready ourselves spiritually to celebrate the glory of Jesus’ resurrection and the fulfillment of His promise to redeem sinners.

Please join us for any or all of the events listed and bring family and friends along with you! If you need more information about our Lenten programs, please call the rectory 518-792-5859.

For Holy Week events, please see this page: http://stmichaelschurchsgf.com/holy-week-events/

Schedule of Parish Lent Events & Programs

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Fasting (meaning eating less): Required of all Catholics age 18-59. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, are both days of fast and abstinence. Fasting simply means that Catholics should eat less that is, limit themselves to just one full meal and two smaller meals, which are not equal to the main meal and no snacking between meals.

Abstinence (meaning not eating something): Catholics aged 14 and older are required to abstain from (not eat) meat (including beef, chicken, veal, lamb and pork) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays of Lent as a sign of our penitence.

Easter Duty: The obligation for all Catholics to receive Holy Communion between the First Sunday of Lent (Feb. 18) and Trinity Sunday (May 27).

Our hope is that the Faithful will receive the Holy Eucharist regularly during the 40 Day period of Lent and the Easter Season and regularly (weekly) throughout the year

Reconciliation Opportunities

At St. Michael’s Church, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is an integral part of our spiritual and sacramental life.

Lent is an ideal time to experience God’s compassion and love in this Sacrament of tender healing.

Of course, all are welcome weekly Saturdays from 3:00 to 3:45 PM in church or anytime by appointment. Below are special times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) during Lent:

  • Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, Queensbury,
  • Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 PM St. Michael the Archangel Church, South Glens Falls

Several priests will be available at each service. Individual confessions will follow a brief prayer service and an examination of conscience.

Lent 2018 Friday Devotions

Every Friday evening in Lent, the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus in the Eucharist) will be exposed in the church, and will remain so through the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross. All are encouraged to take advantage of the graces that come from this special Eucharistic Devotion. Each Friday in Lent, the schedule will be:

  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament — Beginning at 6:00 PM until the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross
  • 6:30 PM Rosary
  • 7:00 PM Stations of the Cross (with benediction immediately afterward)

All in the parish are encouraged to take part in this during Lent for a more rewarding time with the Lord!

Lenten Simple Soup Suppers

We will again have gatherings for a simple soup supper during Lent. Folks are invited to stop in before the Friday evening Lenten Devotions to share a simple soup supper in the parish hall. There is no cost for the meals.

The suppers are planned for Feb. 23, March 9, March 16, March 23.

We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus, the Rosary Altar Society, our Confirmation candidates and the Pastoral Council for hosting the suppers.

The Soup Suppers will be offered on Friday from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM (or when the food runs out) in the parish hall.

Lenten Almsgiving Opportunity: Operation Rice Bowl

We are again taking part in the Operation Rice Bowl effort from Catholic Relief Services. This is a great way to teach kids how to be generous and care for the poorest of the poor in destitute places. Be sure to take a Rice Bowl kit home and fill it during the Lenten season. Rice Bowls may be returned to church anytime from Palm Sunday (March 25) through the second Sunday of Easter (April 8).

Lenten Almsgiving Opportunity: Lent Poor Box Projects

Almsgiving is an important component of our Lenten discipline. An ancient rabbinic teaching says, “Greater is he that gives alms, than he who offers all sacrifices.” Almsgiving is listed first in the catalogue of good works. The Scriptures tell us that alms make up for sin and in the Gospels Jesus says that we always have the poor with us. Our parish has a “poor box” dedicated solely to help the needy, less fortunate and disadvantaged in our local area.

Your generous Lenten contributions made to the Poor Box in church will be designated for different area charities: The Open Door Soup Kitchen and St, Mary’s Church Food Pantry. The alms you give help to relieve the plight of the needy and poor in our community. Remember the words of Jesus, “the poor you will always have with you…”   Please be generous this Lent with your charity in support of the less fortunate. Thank you for your sacrificial love!

Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

There are several dates planned for prayer and reflection for your Lenten enrichment. Please join us for these Lenten presentations offered to deepen your relationship with God.

  • Saturday, March 10 — 10:30 AM to 12 Noon — by Sister Eleanor Guerin, RSM
  • Tuesday. March 13 — 7:00 pm — by Sister Julia Werner, rsm
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