Ash Wednesday is March 5, the first day of Lent, a time of preparation for the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
The Congregation of Holy Cross and its apostolates have a variety of resources to aid in your spiritual renewal as we await Christ’s coming at Easter.
OnlineStations of the Cross
Can’t get to Stations of the Cross at Church on Friday nights? Need a spiritual meditation at work or home? You can now participate any time by using our online version of the Way of the Cross. Each station features a photo from a Holy Cross church, apostolate or community house in the United States and Chile. The prayers and reflections are based on the Lenten prayer booklet, “You have Redeemed the World: Praying the Stations in the Holy Cross Tradition,” by Revs. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C. and Kevin Grove, C.S.C., published by Ave Maria Press, the publishing apostolate of the U.S. Province. The booklet is also available in Spanish.
Abstaining from meat is part of Lent. But instead of lamenting the loss, use this time of renewal to discover new recipes. In a Lenten reflection,Fr. Charlie Kohlerman’s, C.S.C., lovingly remembers some of his mother’s dishes and how these simple dinners brought his family closer together during Lent.
This Lent, Holy Cross religious and chefs at our community houses, have submitted some of their favorite Lenten recipes. We are pleased to share them with you along with others we found. Please visit our“Recipes for Lent”boardon the U.S. Province Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/holycrossusa.org). We are also posting them on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/holycrossus). Check back often, new recipes will be pinned frequently.
Ave Maria Press Resources
For Stations of the Cross on-the-go, Ave Maria Press also offers a Stations of the Cross App in the iTunes store.
Ave has a number of reflection books to guide you through Lent , including:
- “The Gift of the Cross: Lenten Reflections in the Holy Cross Tradition” by Rev. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C.
- “Everyone’s Way of the Cross” by Clarence Enzler; also available in Spanish and large print;
- “The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2014” by Theresa Rickard, O.P.
- “Sacred Space for Lent 2014” by The Irish Jesuits
- “Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit” by Paula Huston
- “Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families” by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
- “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families” by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
- “John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the Cross” by Amy Welborn and Michael Dubruiel
Holy Cross Family Ministries
Family Rosary, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, offers a Rosary app via iTunes and other for other mobile devices for your spiritual renewal. The Family Rosary website also offers an interactive Rosary with which you can pray.
Three U.S. Province priests will participate in the Midwest Brothers of Holy Cross’ 2014 Lenten Lecture Series. The series will kick off at 7 p.m. March 5 and meet weekly through April 9 at Geenen Hall at Andre Place on the campus of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Ind.
- Rev. Michael Connors, C.S.C., director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on March 19. His topic will be “Come to the Water.”
- Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, will speak March 26 on “Growing Old with Grace.”
- Rev. Dan Groody, C.S.C., will speak April 2 on “Search for God in the Rwandan Genocide.” Fr. Groody is a professor at Notre Dame and an internationally known expert in immigration and migration.
Prayers of Remembrance
Holy Cross priests will remember you and your loved ones during Masses and prayers throughout Lent and the Easter season, from Ash Wednesday through Pentecost (June 8, 2014). You can send us your intentions online atEasterprayers.holycrossusa.org.