lent 2012

Be devoted to the gift of God and come to the 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.

Lenten Mission 2015

Bishop Coyne

Presented by Bishop Christopher Coyne

Wednesday March 4, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Saint Michael's College
Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

A Lenten mission will be offered by Bishop Christopher Coyne in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel. All are welcome to attend.

Bishop Coyne was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston on June 7, 1986. He attended the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, where he was awarded a Licentiate degree in Sacred Liturgy in 1992, and later received a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy in 1994 from that same College.

Bishop Coyne served as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary of the Hills Parish in Milton, Massachusetts, from 1986-1989. Between 1989-1994, Bishop Coyne pursued graduate studies in Rome, after which he returned to the Archdiocese of Boston where he served as Professor of Sacred Liturgy and Homiletics at St. John’s Seminary from 1994-2003 and as Adjunct Faculty from 2003-2006. During this same time, from 2000-2002, he also served as Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston, in addition to serving as Secretary for Communications/Principal Spokesman for the Archdiocese from 2002-2005.

Following his service for the Archdiocesan Offices, Bishop Coyne was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Help of Christians in Newton, Massachusetts in 2005 and from 2006-2011 served as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, Massachusetts.

Bishop Coyne was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on January 13, 2011, where he also served as Apostolic Administrator from September 21, 2011 to December 3, 2012 and as Vicar General from March 2011 to January 2015. In October 2014, he was appointed Bishop for the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

On December 22, 2014, Bishop Coyne was appointed the 10th Bishop of Burlington by Pope Francis.

Prayer Opportunities During Lent

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

Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesdays, February 24; March 3, 10, 24 and 31, 8:00–9:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Rosary for Peace
Mondays, February 23; March 2, 9, 23 and 30, 5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Evening prayer in the style of the community of Taizé

Monday, March 30, 7:30 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 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 27, 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, 11:30 AM and 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 15 due to student recess


Ash Wednesday
February 18, 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 
March 29, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
A dramatic proclamation of the Passion narrative with the Sacred Dance Ensemble, directed by Claire Monachino '97

Triduum Services

Holy Thursday
April 2, 7:00 PM Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Good Friday
April 3, 7:00 PM, Saint Lawrence Church, Essex Junction

Holy Saturday
April 4, 7:00 PM, Saint Pius X, Essex Junction

Easter Sunday
April 5, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
No 7:00 PM Mass

Guidelines for Lent

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. Self-imposed 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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