Lenten Prayer Opportunities and Events

Lenten Season 2021

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.

Prayer & Reflection Opportunities

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Sunday Worshiping Community have written reflections based on the daily liturgical readings in Lent. We encourage those who are interested to go to the Lenten Reflections blog to read these daily reflections. New reflections will be posted daily. To request a printed booklet by mail, please email Laurie Sabens.

We hope you will join us in prayer as a member of the Saint Michael’s College community and consider these reflections as an aid in your personal prayer during the Lenten season, as we prepare for the Resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Please join us for a Food Drive to benefit the Winooski Food Shelf. You are invited to bring non-perishable items of canned food especially canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, spaghetti, dried, white and kidney beans. There is also a strong need for toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and disposable razors.

Bins will be at the doors of the chapel beginning Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday.

All alumni are invited to attend an Interfaith Prayer Service for Healing and Peace led by Fr. Brian Cummings, S.S.E. ’86 on February 23, 2021, at 4 p.m. that will be livestreamed.

Edmundite Campus Ministry will be offering an in-person and livestreamed Lenten Mission Series in the Chapel led by Fr. Michael Carter, S.S.E. ’12 for the first three Tuesdays in March (starting on March 2) at 4:00 p.m. Fr. Michael will focus on Lenten themes of sacrifice, doubt and hardship giving way to a sense of hope and renewal, all seen through the lens of our current pandemic situation.

Message from Rev. Brian Cummings, S.S.E.

Each year, a group of Edmundite Campus Ministry staff and students study the Sunday readings during Lent to extract a focus statement to center our prayer during this season of reflection. This year our Lenten focus is: “Believe in the Gift of God and live in the light.”

In recent weeks I have been thinking of the cycle of life from its beginning to its natural end noting how it repeats itself from year to year and how it plays out in our daily lives. From the time we celebrated the birth of Christ as light of the world the days have gradually become longer since the winter solstice. Although we are in the middle of winter with arctic air and frequent snow, the promise of new life is inviting us forward into spring. Nature’s cycle of life and death mirrors our own in many ways. During this time of a lethal pandemic, reflecting on the fragility of life is necessary to appreciate the gift that life truly is.

Our liturgical seasons reflect the mysterious cycle of life journeying towards death being transformed in the hope of rebirth. Lent is a guiding season to frame our journey. Each year we hear the story of Jesus entering the desert to die to self so he can be life to many. He is energized and motivated by God’s presence to leave the desert fortified with courage and conviction in his mission to preach the kingdom of God. His forty days in the desert can model for us what we can do in Lent. We too can enter a special time of prayer and preparation for what is to come and do so with hope.

Rev. Brian Cummings, S.S.E.