Fill a Heart For Kids—Donations Needed

Save the Date, Friday, April 12 at 6:00-8:00 PM to fill Easter Baskets for foster children. We will meet in the Boehm Center and fill as many Easter Baskets that we can!

We are accepting donations at the Parish Office of small stuffed animals (no monkeys or gorillas), Lotion (alcohol free) spring colored nail polish, PEANUT FREE candy, candy filled Easter candy (again, no peanuts), stress balls, fidget spinners and McDonald’s gift cards.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Polly at 847-244-4161 (Parish Office)

reflection questions for lent

By Jim Murray

Reflections Questions for Lent Cycle C

It can, at times, be difficult to deepen an important relationship if we do not give it sufficient time to reflect on its importance in our lives. Listed below are some reflection questions you can ponder over during the weeks of Lent. Always pray the scriptures of this season listed in the bulletin. It would be helpful to read the scriptures for the weekend before you answer the questions. My hope is that together as we walk this journey of Lent, we will foster a right relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. You may wish to cut this article out and place it near your bed or on the refrigerator, or some place where you will see it, like the bathroom mirror!

Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019

  • How would you live this Lent if you knew it were your last?

  • What in your life causes division in your heart and your relationships?

  • What actions can you take this Lent to pledge your whole heart to God?

First Sunday of Lent - March 10, 2019

  • What helps you to remain steadfast in times of temptation?

  • During this Lenten season of fasting, how can you feast on the Word and presence of God?

  • How can you make this season more retreat-like in the way you live it individually?

Second Sunday of Lent - March 17, 2091 St. Patrick’s day

  • Where is God asking you to wait and be patient at this time in your life?

  • “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” How do you listen to Jesus in daily life?

  • In your life, which places of darkness are longing for the light of Christ? How might you lift these places up to the light?

Third Sunday of Lent - March 24, 2019

  • “Here I am.” How have you experienced God’s call in your own life? What has been your response?

  • How does your family and/or community pass on their faith to younger generations?

  • What situations in your life are met with grumbling? How might you greet them in a different way?

  • We hear about the barren fig tree. Where in your life, family, or parish is there a lack of fruit being borne? How might you cultivate the ground to encourage fruitfulness?

Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 31, 2019 Laetare Sunday

  • Where do you feel shame or guilt over past transgressions?

  • Which figure in the parable of the Prodigal Son do you identify with the most at this point in your faith journey: the prodigal, the older son, or forgiving father? Why?

  • At this half-way point in our Lenten journey, how have you been living the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving? Is there anything you would like to do differently for the second half of Lent?

Fifth Sunday of Lent - April 7, 2019

  • Where do you see God’s action bringing about something new?

  • How has your practice of fasting been this Lent? How has it enriched or affected your relationship with God and others?

  • How do you extend forgiveness to those who have committed a public sin?

  • How have you experienced giving and receiving mercy in your own life of faith?

Palm Sunday - April 14, 2019

  • Who are the weary in your parish or community? What words do they need to hear from us?

  • What spiritual practice helps you to empty yourself so as to make room for Jesus?

  • How do you experience Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist?

  • How will you set aside your regular routine these next eight days to enter into Holy Week?

Questions and Answers about Lent and Lenten Practices

Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent? When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46.

A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the "forty day fast within Lent." Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable. The Sundays of Lent are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence.

Q. So does that mean that when we give something up for Lent, such as candy, we can have it on Sundays?

A. Apart from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and the days of abstinence every Friday of Lent, Catholics have traditionally chosen additional penitential practices for the whole Time of Lent. These practices are disciplinary in nature and often more effective if they are continuous, i.e., kept on Sundays as well. That being said, such practices are not regulated by the Church, but by individual conscience.

Q. I understand that all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat, but I'm not sure what is classified as meat. Does meat include chicken and dairy products?

A. Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs --- all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consommé, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden. However, moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste). Fish are a different category of animal. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.

Q. I've noticed that restaurants and grocery stores advertise specials on expensive types of fish and seafood on Fridays during Lent. Some of my Catholic friends take advantage of these deals, but somehow I don't feel right treating myself to the lobster special on Fridays during Lent.

A. While fish, lobster and other shellfish are not considered meat and can be consumed on days of abstinence, indulging in the lavish buffet at your favorite seafood place sort of misses the point. Abstaining from meat and other indulgences during Lent is a penitential practice. On the Fridays of Lent, we remember the sacrifice of Christ on Good Friday and unite ourselves with that sacrifice through abstinence and prayer.

Q. I understand that Catholics ages 18 to 59 should fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, but what exactly are the rules for these fasts?

A. Fasting on these days means we can have only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal. Liquids are allowed at any time, but no solid food should be consumed between meals.

Q. Are there exemptions other than for age from the requirement to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday?

A. Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.