lent 2012

Open Our Eyes to Your Gift

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.

Masses During Lent

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

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

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

Ash Wednesday
March 1, 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 9, 11:00 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Triduum Services

Holy Thursday
April 13, 7:00 PM Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Good Friday
April 14, 7:00 PM, Saint Pius X Church, Essex Center

Holy Saturday
April 15, 8:00 PM, Saint Lawrence Church, Essex Junction

Easter Sunday
April 16, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
No 7:00 p.m. Mass

Prayer Opportunities During Lent

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

Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesdays, March 7, 21, and 28; April 4 and 11, 4:00–5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Rosary for Peace
Mondays, March 6, 20, and 27; April 3 and 10, 5:00 PM, Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

Evening prayer in the style of the community of Taizé

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 PM, Back Altar Space of Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel

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.

Dear Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

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. This Lent our focus statement is "Open Our Eyes To Your Gift." We have also planned a number of devotional activities outlined on our web page and we have again made available a daily blog containing reflections on the scripture readings from the liturgies in Lent and Holy Week accessible at http://smclent.blogspot.com/.

It is easy to sometimes lose sight of the gifts God has given us. We get busy, practical concerns distract us, responsibilities at work or in the household can tend to overwhelm us, life can become very busy resulting in forgetting to acknowledge God's gifts. When we lose sight of the gift or gifts of God in our lives, then we begin to stop being thankful to God. And when we stop being grateful, we then may begin to think of ourselves as being entitled; thinking we are owed something by God or others. Gratitude is a hidden foundation of the spiritual life.

Being thankful is a disposition of the human heart. It is recognition first and foremost that one has been gifted. And when we look at our lives, we see with grateful hearts all the good gifts God has bestowed on us. St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote to one of his Jesuit companions: the root of all sin is ingratitude. When we fail to see the gifts of God in our midst, we begin to reach for things which are beyond us and fall into sinful behavior. The fundamental disposition of Ignatius is that all is gift, everything is gift. God is the author of life, life is a gift. All that we have and all that we are is pure gift. God's grace, God's presence, is all encompassing, sustaining us in our daily lives.

One of the gifts I am grateful for is the ordination of Brother Michael Carter, S.S.E. as a Deacon this past February. In September he will be ordained to the Priesthood. We should never take for granted the people God places in our lives. I am grateful that God has called Brother Michael to minister in the vineyard to God's people as an Edmundite. He joins me and several other Edmundites on these holy grounds to preach God's healing message of mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus' words and deeds we learn that no sin is unforgivable and that the mercy of God is always available to us as long as we turn to God. Lent is a time of such conversion, a preparation for the joyous experience of the resurrection at Easter.

I hope you will join us in prayer this Lenten season as we prepare for the glorious celebration of Easter.


Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E. ’86
Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry

The Way of the Cross

Friday, March 31, 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.

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 

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.

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