Experience Lent in New Ways - Resources, Inspiration, and Events
Resources & Inspiration
Bishop Dewayne - Walking in the Footsteps of Christ: Lent as a Pilgrimage
"Lent possesses certain rich spiritual themes that speak powerfully to us today. One important theme is that of Lent as a journey towards God."
Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2017
In his Lenten Message, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.
Stay connected to your faith and experience renewal this Lenten season with monthly podcasts from Bishop Dewane.
Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up! - Daily Inspirations for your Lenten Journey
Fortify your Lenten journey with the words of the church fathers and Pope Francis featured on this calendar, and contemplate the suggestions for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Offered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.USCCB.org).
Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl
Encounter the season of Lent through daily reflections and weekly stories about families from different countries illustrating a principal of Catholic social teaching – an essential element of Catholic faith that says every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. As an example, all the faithful of are encouraged to take part in Operation Rice Bowl. This is a Lenten program whereby participants are asked to eat lesser meals as part of their Lenten Sacrifice. The money saved is then placed in symbolic rice bowls and donated at the end of Lent. You can pick up a collection bowl at the doors of the Cathedral.
Best Lent Ever - Daily Video Based Email - Sign up at Dynamic Catholic
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different. Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
Every Friday during Lent March 3rd - April 7th, 5-7pm
The Knights of Columbus are again sponsoring a Fish Fry to benefit Epiphany Cathedral School, with catering provided by Sharky's on the Pier. Last year's Fish Fry raised enough funds to help complete the school's playground and we hope for this year's dinners to be just as successful. Fish & Chips Plate $10 or Baked Salmon Plate $12 (Kids 6&under Half Price). Meals Include: Coleslaw, Roll, Drink & Dessert, Plus Your Choice of Fries or Boiled Red Potatoes - Take-out Available! Location: Epiphany Cathedral Parish Center, 224 Harbor Drive N., Venice. Purchase tickets on line at www.EpiphanyCathedral.org or at the door. For more information, contact Helen Flynn Flynn@EpiphanyCathedral.org or (941)416-2244
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday during Lent at 5:30 in the Cathedral
Mission - iMercy: The Divine Hotspot
March 27-29th 6:30pm at Epiphany Cathedral, Venice
Join Fr. William "Bill" Garrott, OP March 27th, 28th & 29th for this Lenten Mission. You are invited to join Fr. Bill at 6:10 as leads the group in praying the Rosary. Following his talk he will also hear confessions.
April 11, 2017, 10:30am at Epiphany Cathedral, Venice
During this Mass, the faithful of the Diocese join the Priests, Deacons and Bishop Frank J. Dewane for the blessing of the Holy Oils which are used in the administration of the Sacraments at each parish throughout the year. Priests and Deacons celebrating 25 and 50 years of Ordination are recognized at this Mass. All are encouraged to attend in support of our clergy and to participate in this important Holy Week celebration.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Lenten Penance Services
- Our Lady of Lourdes.....Venice …………….Thursday, March 23rd 5:30pm
- Sacred Heart Parish......Bradenton……….Monday, March 27th 5:30pm
- San Antonio Parish........Port Charlotte….Thursday, March 30th 7:00pm
- San Pedro......................North Port……….Tuesday, April 4th 5:30pm
- Epiphany Cathedral.....Wednesday, April 5th 5:00pm
- St. Maximilian Kolbe......Port Charlotte…..Wednesday, April 5th 6:00pm
- St. Charles Borromeo....Port Charlotte…...Thursday, April 6th 5:00pm
- All Parishes...................April 7th 4pm to 8pm
- All Parishes...................April 8th 9am to 12noon