Lenten Opportunities

Lenten Opportunities

Almsgiving Project: JMJ Pregnancy Center

Baby bottles for the collection of your spare change during Lent will be distributed at the church doors on Ash Wednesday.  If you did not pick up a baby bottle then, please pick one up in the parish office.  Bottles will be collected on Holy Thursday.

Want to Spend Some Quality Time With Your Best Friend in Lent?

Here’s an opportunity not to spend time with your friends Mary or Susie, Frankie or Joe, but rather, with Jesus Christ.  This special time is called “Adoration”, and is precious time spent in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

The story is told of St. John Vianney who observed an old man come into church quite often and simply sit there for a long time.  Out of curiosity, St. John asked him what he was doing.  The old man replied humbly, “Nothing.  I look at him and he looks at me.”  Good friends don’t need to say much.

In our world filled with noise, busyness, media devices, stress and pressure, Adoration is a profound antidote to heal hearts that need spiritual renewing.  Lent is a time to focus on God, dwell on Christ’s Passion and Death, and reflect on the transformation of our hearts.  It’s an opportunity to watch, and wait and pray solemnly with Jesus…unlike the apostles who fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane as they kept vigil!  Our own patron saint, St. Margaret Mary, received a vision from Jesus who told her to rise in the middle of every Thursday night, and ‘keep me company in humble prayer to my Father, exactly as I spent that night in agony.’  Each Friday during Lent, our parish will have Adoration in the chapel from after 8:00 am. Mass until before the 5:30 pm Mass.  A book of prayers will be available in the chapel.  It is imperative that at least 2 adorers be present while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.  We encourage you to sign up for this time of prayer using this link: stmargaretmary.org/lenten-adoration  Could you not watch one hour with Me?" (Mk 14:34)

Poverty In Our Community: Coffee And Conversation Panel

Sunday, March 31st 10:45 AM, Parish Hall - Our Catholic Social Teaching theme for March is  “the option for the poor and vulnerable.” When we donate food for the food pantry where does it go?  Come for coffee, snacks, & discussion with the case manager from the Christian Service Center, parish volunteers to the center & a representative from the Winter Park housing authority to learn more about  the face of poverty in our community, how local agencies help, & what you can do to help the poor in our neighborhoods.  A collection to aid families living in local motels will be taken; Please bring any of the following: personal hygiene items  (bar soap, deodorant, sanitary pads, toothpaste, disposable razors, washcloths; cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, bleach, dish liquid, all-purpose household cleaner, window/glass cleaner, paper towels; trash bags, laundry baskets); children's underwear & gently used clothing.

Mass, Prayer, & Devotion

Daily Mass Schedule

    • 8:00 am Mass (Church)
    • 5:30 pm Mass (Chapel)

Sacrament of Penance

  • Parish Penance Service
    Monday, March 25 at 7 pm (Church)
    Individual confessions at 8:30 am (Chapel)
  • Also on Saturdays beginning March 9
    (Chapel)  8:30 am and 3:45 pm -4:45 pm
  • Separate appointments other than the above scheduled times may be made by contacting the parish office.

Lenten Stations of the Cross

  • Stations of the Cross
    Friday nights at 7 pm
     (Church) (except March 22)
    All ages are invited as we follow Jesus along the Way of the Cross and pray to open our hearts to his gifts of reconciliation, redemption, and new life.
  • Living Stations of the Cross
    Tuesday, April 16 at 9 am (Church)
    As portrayed by SMM Catholic School 7th grade Students.
    All are invited.

Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Fridays from 8:30 am through 5 pm (Chapel)
  • First Friday (4/5): 8:30 am until Saturday (4/6) at 11 am (Chapel)

Faith Formation

Little Black Books  These Lenten daily reflection books are available in the parish office anytime after Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Calendar available online  at stmargaretmary.org/Lenten-calendar

Men’s Bible Study with Fr. Walsh  Tuesdays, 7am
Great way to start Lent, we will discuss ways to take positive actions to make this a particularly fruitful Lent.  Join us as we encourage one another to be better spouses, fathers, and disciples of Christ.

FORMED  Three years ago, we launched FORMED to make top-quality Catholic content available to our parishioners anytime, anywhere. Since then, FORMED has grown faster than we imagined and has proven indispensable to over 400 parishioners with life-changing movies, talks, e-books and video-based studies in English and Spanish.  Check out Lenten resources for adults, groups, teens, and children.  Create your own account free for one year for all parishioners.   Go to: smm.formed.org

Call the Family Life Office if you need help: 407-645-0284.

Marriage Ministry:  for married & engaged couples
Friday, March 8, 7 pm (Church)
A special Lenten program for all couples, married and engaged. Starting with praying the Stations of the Cross in the Church, followed by a program on the Beatitudes in the Family Life Center. RSVP online at stmargaretmary.org/marriage-ministry Babysitting available for children ages 10 and under.

Lent Observance for Children

The Office of Faith Formation offers Lenten packets for children and families to complete activities which help them to discern the meaning of Lent. Families will receive suggestions for incorporating the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving into their daily lives.  This year we will provide two kinds of packets: for children in preschool through first grade and for children in second through fifth grades. The packets are available at the narthex doors on the First Sunday of Lent.

Life in the Eucharist Retreat
Friday, March 29 6:30-9 pm and Saturday, March 30 8:30 am-5 pm Mass
Explore your Call to Holiness through a better understanding of the Eucharist through its five themes:  nourishment, reconciliation, transformation, abiding presence and mission.  Register online at stmargaretmary.org/lite

Call to Holiness Lenten Film Series
Come for a simple soup supper at 6:30 pm followed by a film chosen to help us reflect on the call to holiness in our lives. Films begin at 7 pm.

  • Monday, March 11 Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. Documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders, offers a unique view of how Pope Francis responds to various issues in modern society.
  • Monday, April 1 Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. Drama about the life of Dorothy Day, her adult conversion to the Catholic faith, & her work establishing houses of hospitality for the poor in New York City and the Catholic Worker newspaper.
  • Monday, April 8 Indivisible: Love Knows no Borders. A personal look at the immigration stories of three young adults. The program includes a guest presentation by one of the women
    featured in the film.

Ecological Stations of the Cross Saturday, March 9, 10 am
Meet members of the parish peace and justice committee at Mead Gardens (1300 S Denning Dr.) for a walk praying the Stations of the Cross for the Earth.

High School Retreat: Spoken, Hearing God’s Voice
Thursday, March 21, 8:30 am—6 pm (San Pedro Center)
We live in a world of noise and voices that are constantly competing for our attention. How do we hear God’s voice in the middle of this? All high school students are invited to join us for our Lenten retreat: Spoken. Come grow in community and discipleship as we learn to listen to His voice. Register online at stmargaretmary.org/spoken-retreat

On-going Opportunities to Serve

SMM year-long almsgiving includes our support of Family Promise, where we provide safe and comfortable housing for up to 4 families at our parish 4 times a year.  Our next group of families will be here March 17-24.  Please consider volunteering to help set-up, cook & serve meals, be an evening, Saturday or overnight host, or help with laundry.  Contact Scott at 407-628-1324, for details or to sign-up.

New clothing and gift cards will be collected the weekend of April 6-7 for the Victim
Service Center in Orlando.  Please watch future bulletins for more details

Cooking for and serving the Homeless
The sharing of a meal is one of the unique aspects of our catholicity.  When people cannot provide the food for their own meal, we are called to provide it for them.  Feeding the homeless is a foundation of social justice, so consider helping out by preparing a hot meal as well as a lunch for the following day.  And, enjoy the fellowship of working with other parishioners for a great cause.  Both youth and adults can participate, and it only takes a small amount of time.  Food is delivered to the Coalition for the Homeless and the recipients are always so grateful for the gift.  Contact Colleen at 407-647-3392.

Low income working mothers can use help with diapers for their young children.  Twice a month, volunteers from SMM and Christian Service Center count and distribute diapers to several dozen families.  This Lent, remember The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: “In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt. 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”  If you can help out, contact Gwenell at 407-628-1324.