Parishes throughout the diocese are using Lent to gather, evangelize and educate members. The following is a sampling of activities taking place.
* The Rochester parishes of Annunciation, St. Andrew, St. George and St. Stanislaus Kostka have planned a series of events for the Wednesdays of Lent on the theme “Praying with Pope John Paul II.”
At noon on Feb. 13, Father Tony Mugavero, parochial vicar for Our Lady of the Americas Parish in Rochester, will speak on “Forgiveness and the Example of John Paul II” at St. Stanislaus, 1124 Hudson Ave. His presentation will be followed by a luncheon.
On Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m., Sister of St. Joseph Beth LeValley, founder of the Progressive Neighborhood Federal Credit Union and an organizer of the Ecumenical Interfaith Community for Social Change, will address “John Paul’s ‘The Mission of the Church'” in St. Andrew School’s cafeteria, 901 Portland Ave. The presentation will be combined with a soup supper.
On Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m., Vilma Sliuzaite, a doctoral candidate at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University, will talk about “Universal Call to Holiness: Our Response to God’s Loving Gift” at St. George, 545 Hudson Ave. A soup supper will follow.
* Holy Cross Church in Charlotte and Holy Name of Jesus, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Mother of Sorrows, St. John the Evangelist and St. Charles Borromeo churches in Greece are sponsoring a Lenten retreat.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Father Gary Tyman will present “Was Mother Teresa an Atheist? The Private Letters of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta” at Our Lady of Mercy, 36 Armstrong Road.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 21, the group Women of the Well will present “Jesus Meets the Woman at the Well” at Holy Name of Jesus, 15 St. Martin’s Way.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Deacons Paul Virgilio and Joe Placious will present “The Diversity of the Call to Ministry” at St. John the Evangelist, 2400 Ridge Road West.
On March 7 there will be a soup supper and Stations of the Cross with the parishes’ youth groups. The supper will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross School, 4488 Lake Ave., Charlotte, with Stations of the Cross afterwards at the church, 4492 Lake Ave.
At 7 p.m. March 13 Father Robert Ring of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community in the Finger Lakes will speak on “The Raising of Lazarus” at St. Charles Borromeo, 3003 Dewey Ave.
* Peace of Christ Parish is offering a Lenten retreat at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 549 Humboldt St., Rochester, on five Mondays during Lent on the overarching theme “Paths to God: Ways of Communicating with the Divine.” Each day’s 90-minute session will be held twice, at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.
Sister Marlene Vigna, RSM, will present “Non-Traditional Sources of Prayer” on Feb. 11; Bonnie Matthaidess will present “Guided Meditation” on Feb. 18; Mary Patricia Bauman will present “Centering Prayer” on Feb. 25; Deacon Don Germano will present “Charismatic Prayer” on March 3; and James I. Campbell will present “The Spirituality of the East” on March 10.
* Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Rhinecliff and Imperial drives, Brighton, will host a Lenten service with musical selections from “The Song of Mark” at 7 p.m. March 14.
* Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport, will host two speakers during Lent.
On Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Sister Karlien Bock, RSM, will lead a Lenten evening of reflection and will speak on the subject of forgiveness. Sister Bock teaches theology at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton.
Deacon George Dardess from Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester will speak at 7 p.m. on March 4 and 11. His March 4 presentation will be on “Loving the Muslim: Challenge and Reward.” His March 11 talk is on “Loving the Migrant: Challenge and Reward.”
* The Cathedral Community is sponsoring several events during Lent.
Steve Angrisano will give a Lenten retreat at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Feb. 7-9 at 7 p.m. He also will give a youth-focused talk there Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m.
The following Cathedral Community events will also be held at the cathedral:
— Feb 20: 6 p.m. potluck supper with a 7 p.m. talk by Father George Heyman, who will speak about “How Do We Know God Speaks to Us? Prayer: God’s Communication and Our Response.”
— Feb 27: 7 p.m. talk by Father Heyman on “My Mother Said ‘Offer it Up!’ Suffering and Sacrifice in Today’s World, What Do They Mean?”
— March 3-5: Prayer labyrinth, which is open for walks 1 to 9 p.m. March 3 and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 4-5. There will be presentations about the labyrinth March 3 at 1 and 7 p.m. and a display in the narthex.
In addition to these events, a Feb. 12 soup supper and talk with Deacon John Giugno will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the community’s Holy Rosary campus, 414 Lexington Ave., Rochester. Reservations for this event may be made by calling 585-254-3221.
* The churches of Holy Spirit in Penfield and Holy Trinity, St. Paul and St. Rita in Webster will present a Lenten retreat titled “Change: Challenge and Grace.” The presenter will be Roslyn Karaban, professor of pastoral care and counseling at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford.
“Understanding Change as Part of Loss” will be presented March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Holy Trinity, 1460 Ridge Road, and from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul, 783 Hard Road.
“Understanding Change as Crisis” will be presented March 4 from 10 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Rita, 1008 Maple Drive.
“Understanding Change as Transforming Hope” will be presented March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Paul and 7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit, 1355 Hatch Road.
* St. Michael and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes in Rochester will host soup suppers and speakers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays during Lent. The Feb. 14, 21 and 28 suppers and talks will be held at St. Michael, 869 N. Clinton Ave., and the March 6 and 13 suppers and talks will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1089 Joseph Ave. On March 20, a soup supper only will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help followed by Holy Thursday Mass at 7:30 p.m. The talks focus on the theme ” A Closer Walk With Jesus — A Look at Our Prayer Lives.”
The Feb. 14 talk will be on “What is prayer anyways?”; the Feb. 21 talk will be on “Why pray at all? Where does it say that we should pray?”; the Feb. 28 talk will be discuss “Answered/unanswered prayer”; the March 6 talk will discuss “Prayer in the Scriptures and results of prayer in the Scriptures”; and the March 13 talk is centered on “What makes our prayer ineffective? How can we become better at prayer?”
* Christ the King Church, 445 Kings Highway South, Irondequoit, will host a parish mission March 9-11. Father Lee Chase will speak on “Windows into Heaven: Praying Contemplatively with Icons.” Sessions will be held at 7 p.m. each day, and the March 10 and 11 sessions also will be presented after 8 a.m. Masses those days.
On March 15, the parish will hold its “Women Weaving the Word” program. Women of all ages come together for an afternoon to pray, learn how to weave with palms, reflect on Scripture and enjoy various teas and scones. Women also are invited to work on a project that will be donated to a needy cause. Last year, they made lap rugs for area nursing homes.
The church also will host Irondequoit Senior Ministries’ Lenten series “Finding God in Suffering” from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Fridays from Feb. 15 to March 14. Father George Heyman will present “Psalms of Lament” Feb. 15; “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” Feb. 22; “Does God Will Suffering?” Feb. 29; and “Saints and Suffering” March 14. Sister Jody Kearney will present “Praying With and Through Suffering” on March 7.