Lenten Season at OLQM

During Lent, we will have weekly prayers and devotions, a series of Lenten Sunday Prayer Services, and recommendations for at-home spiritual activities. When attending services in church, please continue to follow the public health protocols. Masks must be worn and social distancing observed (no more than three people per pew).

Lenten Calendar 2021Holy Week and Easter 2021 Schedule

Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021)

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:19)

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is a day of fasting and abstinence. Ashes will be distributed at these times only:  8AM, 12:05PM (Masses), 4PM (prayer service), 7:30PM (Mass). To minimize the risk of spreading disease, the method of distributing ashes will be different this year. Ashes will be sprinkling over the head of each person who comes forward, rather than applied to each person’s forehead in a sign of the cross. This method, while new to us, is within the tradition of the Church and is common practice in Italy and the Vatican. You can refrain from receiving ashes if you are feeling unwell.

Virtual Miraculous Medal Devotion

Pray our traditional Monday devotion virtually.

Thursday Evening Devotions: Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Beginning February 18 and every Thursday, we will have Exposition with visitation after the 12:05PM Mass until Benediction at 7:30PM. Use the Queens Boulevard church entrance only. Benediction is at 7:30PM.

Stations of the Cross

Fridays of Lent at 7:30PM
February 19 & 26 and March 5, 12, 19 & 26

The Passion as told through the eyes of Christ’s mother is the customary devotion said on the Fridays of Lent here at our church dedicated to the Queen of Martyrs. We encourage everyone to pray the Stations of the Cross in church or at home during Lent.

Mary’s Way of the Cross video segments (from our archives)
Mary’s Way of the Cross booklet
Stations of the Cross (slide show and audio)

St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive

Third Sunday of Lent, March 7 from 9AM to noon

Along with prayer and fasting, another pillar of Lent is giving (charity). The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be parked in front of our church during morning hours only on Sunday, March 7, to accept new or “like new” clothing for men, women, and children. Your donation will help your neighbors in need.

Why Catholics should practice almsgiving this Lent (and every Lent)

Lenten Sunday Prayer Services

Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent at 3PM

  • Sunday, March 14 the prayer service with reflection will be presented by Deacon Greg Kandra.
  • Sunday, March 21  the prayer service with reflection will be by Joseph Terry, who leads one of our Zoom faith-sharing groups.
  • Both services take place at 3PM in the church.

Confession Times during Holy Week

  • Reconciliation Monday, March 293:30-5PM and 7-8:30PM in the sacristy
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30 and 3111:30AM inside the rectory
  • Holy Thursday, April 111:30AM inside the rectory
  • Good Friday, April 2after the 7:30 liturgy
  • Holy Saturday, April 3—No confessions

Recommended Online Retreats and Prayer Resources

National Men’s Catholic Conference February 19–21
National Catholic Women’s Conference March 12–14
Monastery of the Holy Spirit virtual zoom retreats


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