Woman's Retreat

Holy Spirit Parish Women’s Retreat Team

Lenten Journey: Walk in His Way

2021

Introduction

Lent is a season of prayer, penance, and alms-giving.  During this time, we accompany Christ—and He accompanies us—through His Passion to His Resurrection.  That message is the promise of our salvation.

The members of the Retreat Team had been praying that we could be with you in person for a Lenten Retreat.  Instead, we offer you a virtual version of what we might have presented in our beloved church and the parish hall.  But we live in hope and know that one day we’ll be together again.

We invite you to join with us in spirit as we pray for each other, repent, and do whatever good works we’re able to perform in His Name.  We’ll place ourselves in the scenes of the Gospel stories, using Scripture passages, other readings, questions for meditation, music, video clips, and links to other resources.

LENTEN OVERVIEW

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA84H499FMtRwuj4JimMWge_M6TeOT3Ks

 

DAILY READINGS

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

https://bible.usccb.org/daily-bible-reading

The daily readings can be read or heard on podcasts.  A video reflection for the readings is also offered.

 

Reflection Questions to Accompany usccb.org Daily Readings Each Week

 

Week 1

  • Jesus spent 40 days in the desert.  How will you spend your 40 days?

  • Who is Jesus to you?

  • What part does prayer play in your life?

 

Week 2

  • Jesus reveals himself to Peter, James, and John.  This week reflect on the ways and times Jesus has revealed himself to you.  How did you respond?

 

Week 3

  • What readings and words impacted you this week?  In what ways?

  • Reflect on any strained relationships you have with others.  How can you improve them?

  • How have you loved the Lord your God above all and your neighbor as yourself?

 

Week 4

  • “I will praise you Lord for you have rescued me.”  (Ps30)  Think of a time in your life when the Lord “rescued” you.  Did you praise him?  If not, take some time to do so now.

  • One of the responsorial lines in this week’s reading is “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.”  Think of a time you took “refuge” in God.  How did it make you feel?  Tell God in your own words.

 

Week 5

  • One of the Responsorial Psalms this week is, “Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.”  When and how have you done the Lord’s work?  What effect has that had on you and others?

Week 6

  • “If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.  I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”  With these words Jesus has instructed his disciples and us to serve others.  This Holy Week, reflect on the ways in which you have followed Jesus’ words to his disciples.

 

 

Daily Devotions for Lent 2021 (The Living Gospel)

Paperback ($2.25) and Kindle ($.99) versions of the daily readings with reflections are available at Amazon.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA84H499FMtTwqfiq9YA8jQauUrZ29ai0

 

IGNATIAN PRAYER ADVENTURE (beginning the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, ending the Saturday after Easter)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-spiritual-exercises/an-ignatian-prayer-adventure

Here you’ll find a prayer style based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  The exercises span 8 weeks and have daily entries.  Each week has a theme (for example, Love), and each day of the week includes a Grace to seek, a Biblical reading, and a Reflection.

 

OUTREACH

St. Joseph’s Social Service Center has asked for pantry-stable food items in priority order on their website (sjeliz.org).  Diane and Bob Felle set up a drop-off collection barrel for these items on their lawn at 690 Fairfield Way, Union.  Please put your donations in the barrel.  Bob delivers the donated items to St. Joseph’s every Thursday.