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Awake From Darkness and the Gift of God Will Give You Light

Each year, Catholics set aside 40 days to "rend our hearts" and "return to God." All of us are given this opportunity to deliberately examine what we are doing well and what we are doing not so well, and we are invited to come back to God.

As we start this journey called Lent, let us take some time to understand where we are in our faith lives and where we would like to go during the season. We invite you to use this page as a guide. It contains many individual and communal opportunities for prayer and reflection that may be of interest to you on your spiritual journey and all people of faith are invited to participate.

Together, let's look forward to receiving a renewed sense of the fire of God's love for us and the forgiveness that is always freely offered to us as we prepare for the Risen Christ Jesus at Easter.

Our prayer opportunities and events throughout the season of Lent can be found in our Lenten Brochure.

The season of Lent is a wonderful time to pause and look inward examining our inner-selves before God. The meaning of conversion is to turn away from one thing toward another. In Lent, we hopefully have the courage to identify our sins – those times when we have turned away from God in our words and actions - and make the necessary course corrections in our lives. Lent is a time to right the ship so to speak before our God. The first step though is to awake from the darkness of sin so that we can receive the gift of God’s forgiveness in light. Knowing one’s sins, admitting our specific sins is the first and hardest step. This takes discipline and intentionality. We need to have the will to perform a self-examination and be critical in an honest and healthy way before our God.

This Lent in the Sunday Mass readings after the account of Jesus being tempted in the desert, we will hear three rather long stories from John’s Gospel. The woman at the well narrative will invite us to examine our thirst for the living water of God. The healing of the blind man will help us examine our own spiritual blindness. The raising of Lazarus foreshadows the resurrection and manifests the divine power of Jesus, as well as his humanity revealed in his emotions. These stories are rich in imagery and symbolism intended to make us think of our own relationship with God in Christ. The more effort we put into Lent, the more glorious our celebration of Easter will be. Making necessary sacrifices in Lent and increasing our practices of prayer through perhaps daily Mass, will aid us in our journey towards Easter. Just as Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, so too will God transform us with his presence as we strive to know our sins and seek forgiveness.

In the weeks before Ash Wednesday, a group of Edmundites, faculty, staff and students considered the readings of the Sundays of Lent and extracted the statement which appears on banners hanging outside on our campus Chapel above the main lobby entrance and facing route 15. We have also printed the focus statement on a bookmark which is readily available. For other devotional activities during Lent, please see our Lenten BrochureDaily Lenten Reflections written by our students, faculty, staff and members of the worshipping community are also available both online and as printed booklets in the lobby of the Chapel.

This Lent our focus statement is "Awake from darkness and the gift of God will give you light." I hope you will join us in this prayer as we prepare for the glorious celebration of Easter.

God bless you during this holy season of repentance and drawing closer to God!

Fr. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E. '86
Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry

Lenten Mission 2014

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Presented by Monsignor Richard Lavalley

Monday-Wednesday March 10-12, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Holy Family Church 

A Lenten mission will be offered by Monsignor Richard Lavalley at Holy Family Church and all are welcome to attend. The mission will include the celebration of Mass and confessions will be heard before and after each Mass.

Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Lavalley began his priestly ministry as Associate Pastor of St. Peter Parish in Rutland. He then entered Catholic High School Education, serving on the faculty of Rice Memorial Catholic High School in South Burlington, and as a teacher/principal for Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland. Msgr. Lavalley later served at St. Patrick Parish in Fairfield, as Pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Northfield, and is presently Pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Winooski and has been Campus Minister at Norwich University for the past 24 years. Msgr. is also Vicar.

Prayer Opportunities During Lent

Morning Prayer
Monday-Friday, 7:40 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesdays, March 11 and 25; April 1, 8, and 15, 8:00–9:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Rosary for Peace
Mondays, March 10, 24 and 31; April 7 and 14, 5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Evening prayer in the style of the community of Taizé

Thursday, April 3, 7:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Monday, April 14, 7:30 PM, St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT

Evening prayer is sung in the manner of the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic community in France. The community works ecumenically at furthering peace within the human family by engendering reconciliation and healing of divisions among Christians. The Brothers developed a style of prayer consisting of simple meditative chants as well as periods of silence. A candle-lit service lasting about an hour includes quiet chant from both within and outside the Taizé Community, readings from the scripture, sung and spoken prayer, incense, icons, and periods of meditative silence.

The Way of the Cross

Friday, March 28, 5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Were you there in the crowd that Friday? As we pray the Stations of the Cross, please join us as we journey
with Jesus during His passion and experience what it might have been like through the eyes of those who
were there such as James, Judas, the Chief Priest, a soldier, Mary, Mary Magdala and others. This presentation of the Stations of the Cross was inspired by the scriptural way of the cross that was celebrated
in Rome by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday each year.

Masses During Lent

Monday, 4:30 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Tuesday - Friday, 11:30 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Sunday, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

No 7:00 PM Mass on March 16 due to student recess


Ash Wednesday
March 5, 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
Please don't forget to pick up your Rice Bowl today!

Palm Sunday Mass 
April 13, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Triduum Services

Holy Thursday
April 17, 7:00 PM Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Good Friday
April 18, 7:00 PM, Holy Family Church, Essex Junction

Holy Saturday
April 19, 7:00 PM, Saint Lawrence Church, Essex Junction

Easter Sunday
April 20, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
No 7:00 PM Mass

Guidelines for Lent

Download the Lenten Bookmark for 2014

The time of Lent is observed by Catholics as a special season of prayer, penance and works of charity.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, in particular, are the most penitential days of the liturgical year. They are days of both fast and abstinence. All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.

The rule of fasting states that only one full meal a day can be taken. Two small meals, sufficient to maintain strength, are allowed, but together they should not equal another full meal. The rule of fasting obliges Catholics from age 18-59.

Abstinence refers to the eating of meat. The common estimation of the community is used to determine what falls under the category of meat. Selfimposed fasting on the other weekdays of Lent is recommended. Abstinence on all Fridays of the year is also highly recommended.

Daily Lenten Reflections

Saint Michael’s College students, faculty, staff and members of the worshipping community have come together to offer their reflections on the daily Scripture readings and what they are saying to us in our lives today–how they challenge and encourage us to feel God's presence, love, and forgiveness each day during this sacred time. We hope that these reflections inspire and help you grow deeper in your prayer life during the journey of Lent as we prepare for the Resurrection of Christ Jesus!

The daily Lenten Reflections can be found at: http://smclent.blogspot.com 

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