Lenten Opportunities

Lenten Opportunities

Almsgiving Project: Haiti

Ash Wednesday - Easter Sunday
During the Lenten season, the parish will be fostering awareness of, and directing almsgiving towards, our Haiti Mission. You can participate by picking up one of our Haiti themed a-frame postcards at Mass or printing one out at home. With a Lenten prayer, fasting tips and imagery of our mission. This foldable ‘table topper’ can serve as a physical reminder of our Lenten calling to Pray : Fast : Give. Digital almsgiving can be managed by visiting stmargaretmary.org/haiti-lenten-project or by scanning the QR code on the postcard - Thank you for your support.

Mass, Prayer, & Devotion

Holy Week Schedule: https://stmargaretmary.org/holy-week-schedule/

Daily Mass Schedule
  • 8:00 am Monday thru Saturday (livestreamed here)
  • 5:30pm Monday (during Lent only)
  • 5:30pm Wednesday

Sacrament of Penance
  • Saturdays at 8:30am and 3:45pm -4:45pm
  • Mondays at 8:30am
  • Wednesdays at 6pm
  • Fridays at 8:30am
  • 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, also livestreamed here) 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. No tickets needed.

  • Overcoming Racism Wed., March 3, 7 pm (Zoom) Our bishops offer a stations of the cross which invites parish communities to pray together to open our hearts to the persistent sin of racism and our call to work to overcome it. 

  • Blessed Are the Poor Wed., March 24, 7 pm (Zoom) Pray the way of the cross with an emphasis on seeing the suffering Christ in the experience of every person who suffers from poverty. 

Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • First Friday, March 5 8:30-11 am and 5-6:45 pm 

  • Monday–Saturday, 7:40 am (Chapel) 

Faith Formation

Little Black Books

These books will not be available for distribution this Lent. However, if you want a copy sent directly to your home for $4.00, please visit: littlebooks.org or call (989) 797-6653.

Station of the Cross Books

If you missed this last year, you will want to discover this this Lent! A simple, beautiful resource for in home use with families, small groups and even on zoom. Personal and inspiring reflections, meditations, prayers, and suggested action steps for each station- written by members of various SMM ministries. Paper copies or digital versions available. Contact the Family Life office for more information at: 407-645-0284 or email [email protected].


40 Days to Grace and Glory This Lent
We invite you to journey with Dr. Tim Gray by signing up for Daily Lenten Reflections. Each day you will receive in your inbox a short video which features Dr. Gray commenting on the daily Mass readings, explaining the Scriptures, and providing you with concrete ideas on how to apply them to your life. Available for free: sign up at formed.org/lent. Not a member of Formed.org yet? Create your own account free for one year for all parishioners. Go to: smm.formed.org. Check out all their Lenten resources for adults, groups, teens, and children.

Lent Observances for Children

Faith Formation for Children wants to walk with you on your Lenten journey! Instead of Lenten kits, we will be posting family ideas and activities concerning the themes “Lenten Calendar”, “Family Activities”, “Stations of the Cross” and “Holy Week”. Games, crafts and more will keep your family thinking about the true meaning of Lent. Visit https://stmargaretmary.org/lent-activities-for-children-and-families.

Lenten Study on ZOOM

What does Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’ say?
Consecutive Tuesdays, Feb. 23, Mar 2, 9 and 16 from 7-8 pm Facilitators for 1st session will be Sr. Rosemary & Frank VandeLoo. Join us for a 4-week ZOOM study and discussion of this important writing. To register, go to our website, or click here: stmargaretmary.org/discussion-of-fratelli-tutti 

The Women's Bible Study will offer “No Greater Love”

From February 25 through March 25. This study comes to us from Ascension Press. The book is $25.00. You may register until February 15 for this five week study. Please register below and then you need to purchase the materials from Ascension Press. We will offer Zoom meetings and 20 seats are available in the Family Life Center, both virtual and in person participants need to purchase the materials. stmargaretmary.org/womens-lenten-bible-study

Lenten Program of Healing for the newly separated and divorced AND those still struggling with issues many years later. 

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm beginning February 25 (via Zoom) First session is open to all and will uncover myths and misconceptions about Church teaching on divorce. All other sessions feature discussion of 12 video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. It will help all find answers to questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing. Cost: $10. Includes online access to the videos, the Surviving Divorce Personal Guide, and all program materials. Register at: stmargaretmary.org/divorce-support-group For more information contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0285 or email [email protected]

To Serve

Lazarus Ministry Spring Cleaning 

Building on our recent success with School Supplies, and last year's Spring Cleaning Event, parishioners of SMM will be able to donate cleaning and hygiene supplies for families living in hotels on Lee Road. Laundry baskets for Parishioners to fill with items will be available after Masses on the weekends of March 13-14 and March 20-21. Full baskets will be delivered at Intown Suites on April 16, 2021. To see a list of items we hope to collect and to volunteer for after mass basket distribution and the April 16 event at InTown, visit stmargaretmary.org/lazarus-ministry 

Serving Chicken Soup 

Are you looking for a way to serve but have a busy schedule or are too busy and not able to make a regular commitment? Chicken Soup Ministry Volunteers take people, usually the elderly, to the doctor or grocery We also provide dinners on a short term basis for those who are ill, injured or recovering from surgery. You can help whenever you are available. We take safety precautions due to Covid and many of our volunteers continue to perform this work of pure love, for our parish and our community. If you would like to join us, please contact [email protected]. 

Regulations for Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 and Good Friday, April 2, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.