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 (pdf updated) | Holy Week and Easter

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 (in person and live-streamed)
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)
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 prayer service with reflection by Deacon Greg Kandra
  • Sunday, March 21  prayer service with reflection by Joseph Terry, who leads one of our Zoom faith-sharing groups
  • Both services take place at 3PM in the church.

RCIA Scrutinies

Sundays, March 7, March 14, March 21 at 9AM Mass

Members of the elect in our RCIA program are preparing for the sacraments of initiation at the 2021 Easter Vigil.  The three scrutinies, which are rites for self-searching and repentance, will be celebrated with them on the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent.

Confession Times during Holy Week

Confessions will be heard in the altar server sacristy; line forms at the Queens Boulevard church entrance.

  • Reconciliation Monday, March 293:30-5PM and 7-8:30PM
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30 and 3111:30AM
  • Holy Thursday, April 111:30AM
  • 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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