The following parishes informed the Catholic Courier of their upcoming Lenten activities:
- Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Rochester will host a series of soup suppers and devotions on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On March 4 at St. Michael Church, 124 Evergreen St., there will be a reflection on our sacramental life as Catholics with an emphasis on healing; on March 11 at St. Michael there will be Mass and anointing of the sick; on March 18 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1089 Joseph Ave., there will be a charismatic healing service including the laying on of hands; on March 25 at OLPH there will be a reflection on our sacramental life as Catholics with an emphasis on vocation; and on April 1 at OLPH there will be a supper followed by Mass. The parish also will host bilingual Stations of the Cross on March 5, 12 and 19 at St. Michael and March 26 at OLPH.
- St. Cecilia Parish, 2732 Culver Road, Irondequoit, will host a light soup supper after the 4:30 p.m. Mass March 20, followed by a showing of the movie "Up" at 6 p.m. To attend call Sara at 585-467-4286, ext. 104. The parish also will host a soup supper at 5 p.m. March 30.
- At the All Saints/Holy Cross/St. Anthony cluster in Tompkins County, Father Bob Smith will lead the series "Conversations about Faith for the 21st Century Catholic in America" at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16 at All Saints Parish Center, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing; a series of question-and-answer sessions based on the theme "Insights into God: What Does God Really Want of Us and Why Is It So Difficult to Comply?" will be offered at 7:15 p.m. March 3 at All Saints, March 15 at St. Anthony, 312 Locke Road in Groton, and March 24 at Holy Cross, 375 George Road in Freeville; and Stations of the Cross will be offered Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints and at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at St. Anthony and Holy Cross.
- The youths of St. Mary/St. Patrick parishes in Waterloo and Seneca Falls will perform a Living Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. March 12 at St. Mary, 35 Center St., Waterloo.
- St. Joseph Parish in Penfield will offer Taizé prayer March 9 and 23 and evening prayer with Benediction on March 16, all at 7:30 p.m. The parish also will offer a high-school Lenten prayer and breakfast from 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. March 11, 18 and 25.
- All Saints Parish in Corning will offer Stations of the Cross on Lenten Fridays at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 115 E. High St. in Painted Post, ending with a living Stations of the Cross on April 2. On March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a pasta supper at Immaculate Heart of Mary.
- St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Honeoye Falls will host the Shroud of Turin Mystery Tour multimedia presentation at 4 p.m. March 28 at the parish, 37 Monroe St.
- Following the 12:10 p.m. Mass on Lenten Wednesdays at St. Mary Parish, 15 Saint Mary’s Place, Rochester, there will be a light lunch and sharing of reflections on the readings for the following Sunday. Stations of the Cross will be held after the 12:10 p.m. Mass on Lenten Fridays, and on Saturday, March 6, there will be a Lenten family event with a 4 p.m. Mass followed by a simple meal and family faith sharing. At 7 p.m. March 7-9 there will be a Lenten retreat called "Turn Away from Sin and Be Faithful to the Gospel," and on Saturday, March 27, there will be a Lenten family event, "Forgiveness Family-Style!"
- The St. John/St. Michael/St. Patrick parish cluster in Clyde/Lyons/Savannah will host Stations of the Cross each Lenten Wednesday and Friday: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick, 1583 Grand Ave.; Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at St. John, 43 Dezeng St. West; and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup supper at St. Michael, 3 Holley St. On Thursday, March 25, there will be a Lenten reconciliation service at 7 p.m. at St. John.
- Our Lady of the Snow Parish will host a soup supper and Stations of the Cross Friday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 2576 E. Mechanic St. in Cato, and on Friday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at St. John Church, 36 Rochester St., Port Byron. On the Fridays without a soup supper, Stations of the Cross will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at St. John, 7 p.m. at St. Patrick and 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 8831 S. Seneca St. in Weedsport. On Saturday, March 6, there will be an open house and ministry training for youths at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph, and that church will be the location of a whole-community catechesis, "Returning to God," on March 16 at 7 p.m.
- Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport, will offer Lenten prayer with music from Taizé at 7 p.m. March 8, 15 and 22. On Sunday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m., Sister Karlien Bach will speak on the Book of Revelation. On Sunday, March 14, at 9:30 a.m. Donna Eckert will speak on divorce and remarriage in a presentation titled "Not the Brady Bunch." From March 21-28 the parish will host homeless families through Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. At noon on Good Friday, April 2, parishioners are invited to walk the Way of the Cross with pastors and members of local churches throughout the Village of Fairport, beginning at First Congregational Church, 26 E. Church St.
- Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community in the Finger Lakes will host meatless soup suppers and a different form of prayer each Friday during Lent at 6:30 p.m. in the hall of St. Michael Church, 312 Liberty St., Penn Yan. On the weekend of March 20, Father William DeBaise, OFM, will visit St. Michael to share his story of mission work in Japan, Calcutta and Jerusalem.
- Holy Cross Parish, 4492 Lake Ave., Charlotte, will offer eucharistic adoration each Lenten Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. and the rosary will be prayed each Lenten Thursday at 9:15 a.m. The parish also will offer Stations of the Cross at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Divine Mercy Prayers at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays during Lent. There will be a youth-sponsored soup supper followed by Stations of the Cross on March 5 at 5:20 p.m., and the parish will host one night of the Eastern Greece/Charlotte Planning Group’s Lenten series on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
- The cluster of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Anne parishes in Brighton and Rochester will host a series of multinight Lenten events. There will be a Lenten Soup and Speaker Series on March 17 and 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Anne, 1600 Mount Hope Ave., Rochester, and a Scripture study will take place there on March 16 and 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross will take place on Lenten Fridays at 12:10 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 150 Varinna Drive, Brighton, and 7:30 p.m. at St. Anne. There will be a musical meditation on Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection titled "Song of Mark" on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes.
- There will be a Brighton Regional Lenten Retreat from March 7-10 discussing traditional Lenten practices and what they mean for us today. This event is being presented by Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Anne and St. Thomas More parishes. This four-night series will take place March 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 150 Varinna Drive, Brighton, with speaker Brigit Hurley; March 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 601 Edgewood Ave., Brighton, with speaker Mary Lou Mitchell and breakout sessions; March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon followed by lunch at St. Anne, 1600 Mount Hope Ave., Rochester, with speaker Julie VeLeque; and March 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More, 2617 East Ave., Brighton, with speaker Father Tim Horan.
- On March 20 at 1 p.m. St. Michael Parish, 401 S. Main St., Newark, will host "Our Catholic Faith," a concert with Donna Cori Gibson.
Rochester’s Cathedral Community will hold its Lenten events at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park. A prayer labyrinth based on the one in the cathedral in Chartres, France, will be accessible on March 8 from 1 to 9 p.m. with orientations at 1 and 7 p.m. The labyrinth also will be open March 9 and 10 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. On March 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sister Mary Louise Heffernan will speak on "Living the Triduum." The community also will host the series "Life-Changing Prayer," during which speaker Damien Zynda will discuss contemplating the Scriptures. This series will be held on March 7, 14 and 21 and April 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and also on March 8, 15 and 22 and April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be a communal penance service on March 16 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. March 30 the annual diocesan Chrism Mass, during which Bishop Matthew H. Clark will bless the oils used in all the sacraments throughout the diocese, will be held.
Other Lenten offerings
- St. Ann’s Community will offer a number of Lenten activities at its Rochester-area campuses. St. Ann’s Chapel, located at St. Ann’s Home, 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester, will offer Stations of the Cross at 10 a.m. on Lenten Fridays following a 9:30 a.m. Communion service. An anointing service also will take place at the chapel on Tuesday, March 16, at 2 p.m. At Cherry Ridge, 900 Cherry Ridge Blvd. off of Ridge Road in Webster, there will be an afternoon of reflection, "Hospitality of the Heart," presented by Mercy Sister Jody Kearney on Tuesday, March 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Also at Cherry Ridge at noon on Friday, March 26, there will be a Lenten soup luncheon featuring presenter Margery Morgan.
- Irondequoit Senior Ministries will present the series "Changes of Heart" at Christ the King Parish, 445 Kings Highway South, Irondequoit, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Lenten Fridays. Presenters will be Joseph Kelly, Father Anthony Mugavero and Deacon Tom Driscoll. Christ the Kings’ Boy Scout troop will offer a fish dinner following the talks.