Lenten services, retreats and enrichment opportunities

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Ash Wednesday Retreat and Eucharist
Wednesday, February 10

Collegeville • All are invited to join the St. John’s Monastic Community for Ash Wednesday Mass with distribution of ashes at 5 p.m. in the Abbey Church with Benedictine Abbot John Klassen presiding.

St. Joseph • The Spirituality Center at St. Benedict’s Monastery hosts an Ash Wednesday Retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spirituality Center, St. Benedict’s Monastery. Led by Benedictine Sister Mary Weidner, this retreat will help participants explore practices that recognize and honor holiness in everyday lives. The book “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor will be used as a starting point to become more alert to daily “God-sightings.” Early bird fee (by Feb. 1) is $45. After that date, the fee is $55. (Lunch included.) For more information or to register, call 320-363-8987 or email mweidner@csbsju.edu.

St. Joseph • All are invited to join the Benedictine Sisters for Eucharist and distribution of ashes at 5 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery.

 

‘A Sacred Pause in a Busy Day’
Thursdays — February 11, 18, 25 and March 3, 10, 17

 St. Joseph • The Spirituality Center at St. Benedict’s Monastery hosts “A Sacred Pause in a Busy Day” Thursdays in Lent from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Spirituality Center. Led by Benedictine Sisters Mary Catherine Holicky and Eunice Antony, the six-session program is limited to 10 participants who will gather to pray the lectio, share a simple meal and then meet with a sister spiritual companion for 30 minutes. Fee is $60 for six sessions. For more information or to register, call 320-363-8987 or email mweidner@csbsju.edu.

 

Nun Banquet soup supper to aid Habitat for Humanity
Friday, February 12

St. Joseph • The Nun Banquet, a Lenten soup supper to benefit Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity, will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the monastery dining room at St. Benedict’s Monastery. (Enter through the Sacred Heart Chapel Gathering Place.) Menu includes meatless soups and chili, homemade bread, cookies and beverages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students or $30 for families with children under 13. Soup also sold for $10/quart and cracked wheat bread for $3/loaf.

 

Pray the Stations of the Cross
Fridays — February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11, 18

Little Falls • All are invited to join the Franciscan Sisters to pray the Stations of the Cross at 3:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent.

St. Cloud • All are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by a soup supper. (No supper on Feb. 12 or March 18.)

 

Attend Taizé Prayer with Crosier Fathers and Brothers
Fridays — February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11

St. Cloud • All are welcome to attend Taizé Prayer Around the Cross from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This prayer will be led by the Crosier Fathers and Brothers and includes the ritual blessing with the relic of St. Odilia.

 

Lenten Parish Renewal
Saturday, February 13 through Wednesday, February 17

Fergus Falls • Our Lady of Victory Parish hosts a Lenten retreat titled “The Embrace of God’s Mercy in Christ” with Father Michael Driscoll, associate professor at Notre Dame, who will be presiding at weekend Masses on Feb. 13 (4:30 p.m.) and Feb. 14 (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.). Evening sessions on Monday, Feb. 15 through Wednesday, Feb. 17 begin at 7 p.m. and include Mass on Monday and Wednesday. Monday’s theme is “The embrace of God’s mercy in Christ.” Reconciliation is offered Tuesday, Feb. 16 — the theme that night is “Christ came reconciling all to the Father: The Church’s response to God’s loving mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Wednesday’s theme is “Young people’s need to experience mercy.” Fellowship and refreshments follow the presentation each evening.

 

All are welcome for Lenten Sunday services
Sundays — February 14, 21, 28 and March 6, 13, 20

Collegeville • All are invited to join the St. John’s Monastic Community for the Lenten Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. in the Abbey Church.

Onamia • All are invited to attend the Solemn Lenten Vespers at 5 p.m. at Holy Cross Priory Church.

St. Joseph • All are invited to join the Benedictine Sisters for the Lenten Eucharist at 10.30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery. Assemble in the Gathering Place (main entrance to chapel).

 

Meditation of Mercy
Sundays — Feb. 21, 28 and March 13

St. Cloud • All are welcome to pray lectio divina at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

 

‘Walk in God’s Love — A Spiritual Journey’
Mondays — February 15, 22, 29 and March 7
Wednesdays — February 17, 24, March 2 and 9
Thursdays — February 18, 25 and March 3 and 10

St. Joseph • The Spirituality Center at St. Benedict’s Monastery hosts “Walk in God’s Love — A Spiritual Journey” led by Benedictine Sister Julie Schleper, on four Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Lent from 9 to 11 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spirituality Center. On Mondays the theme reflects how change and renewal, honesty and authenticity, forgiveness and reconciliation deepens one’s faith journey. On Wednesdays the theme reflects the way mercy and hope, reverence and awe, peace and joy and God’s love deepen one’s life in Jesus Christ. On Thursdays, the theme reflects how walking the road from justice to mercy, from judgment to compassion, from fear to courage, and from indifference to gratitude are means to live mindfully in Christ Jesus. Fee is $55 for each series. For more information or to register, call 320-363-8987 or email mweidner@csbsju.edu.

 

Lenten Series Reflects on Mercy
Tuesdays, Feb. 23 and March 1

Little Falls • The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite all to join them for a two-part Lenten event titled “Becoming Artisans of Mercy in a World of Violence” on consecutive Tuesday evenings, Feb. 23 and March 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in St. Francis Hall at St. Francis Convent. Presenters, Father Tony Oelrich, pastor of Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud, and Franciscan Sister Michelle L’Allier, will guide participants in reflections as they share about mercy and violence in the writings and experiences of Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi. For more information on the Lenten series, or to register, call 320-632-0668, email franciscanlife@fslf.org or visit www.fslf.org.

 

DCCW Women’s Lenten Retreat
Saturday, February 27

Richmond • St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women hosts a Lenten retreat for women titled “Mercy Leads to Joy!” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church. Mass celebrated by Benedictine Father Edward Vebelun at 9:15 followed by speaker Father Don Wagner, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Cambridge. Event includes lunch, silent reflection time, prayer, confession and adoration. Cost is $15 by Feb. 17 or $20 afterwards. To register, contact your parish president or call Irene Burg at 320-548-3539.

 

Lenten Retreat in Collegeville
Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6

Collegeville • A Lenten retreat led by Benedictine Father Eric Hollas with the theme of  “The Challenge of Holy Week,” begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday night and concludes after lunch on Sunday at 1 p.m. Attendees are welcome to pray with the monastic community and share in daily Eucharist. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available. The cost is $195 for a single room or $330 for a double room ($165 per person). For more information or to register, call 320-363-3929 or register online at www.abbeyguesthouse.org.

 

Lenten Day of Reflection in Little Falls
Saturday, March 5

Little Falls • The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Franciscan Associates invite all to join them for a Lenten Day of Reflection titled “The Name of God is Mercy: Growing into the Dignity of Our Identity” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Francis Hall at St. Francis Convent. Presented by Jacquelyn M. Witter, this retreat will be an opportunity to reflect and pray about one’s understanding of God, of oneself and what it means to live into the dignity of being created in the image and likeness of Mercy. There is no cost to attend. Free will offering donations will be accepted. For more information or to register by Feb. 27, call 320-632-0693 or email jwingert@fslf.org.

 

Stations of the Cross come alive at St. Mary Parish
Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6

Alexandria • Living Stations of the Cross presented at St. Mary Parish from 7 to 8 p.m.

 

Lenten Healing Mass with Crosier Fathers and Brothers
Sunday, March 6

Onamia • Crosier Fathers and Brothers invite all to a Lenten Healing Mass at the National Shrine of St. Odilia at 9:30 a.m. Mass includes the Anointing of the Sick and the ritual blessing with the Relic of St. Odilia. Coffee and cinnamon rolls served in Holy Cross Center following Mass.

 

Stabat Mater
Sunday, March 6

St. Cloud • All are invited to Stabat Mater at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

 

Via Crucis
Friday, March 18

St. Cloud • All are invited to Via Crucis at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. (Soup supper served at 6 p.m.)