Lent is the Church’s annual season of preparation for Easter. The faithful are encouraged to greater attention to the word of God as they grow more deeply as disciples of Christ. Renewed efforts in prayer, penance, and giving nobly characterize this season.
"Time for God" is the theme of our mission during this Lenten season. Creating time for God is not just about finding time in your schedule, but also about making a conscious effort to cultivate a deeper relationship with God. By taking small steps each day to connect with your faith, you can find a sense of peace, purpose, and fulfillment that can help you navigate life's ups and downs with greater grace and resilience.
Join us here at the Pastorate of St. Francis - St. Mary - Holy Family this Lenten season.
Ash Wednesday (February 22):
Mass: 9 AM & 7 PM
Service (with distribution of ashes): 4 PM
Distribution of ashes (outside of Mass & Service):
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM (in St. Joseph Chapel)
Saturday: 5 PM
Sunday: 9 AM & 11 AM
Daily Mass: 9 AM Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri.
Anointing of the Sick: offered after Masses the weekend of the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday), March 19.
Ash Wednesday (February 22):
6:30 - 8:30 AM
Sunday evenings: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (2/11 to 4/2)
Saturday: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 - 8:30 AM
Every Friday following the 9 AM daily Mass
Stations of the Cross:
Every Friday at 7 PM in the church
Friday, March 31: Lenten Soup Night (6-7 PM in Legacy) & Family Stations of the Cross (7 PM)
Friday, April 7: Good Friday Stations of the Cross
As part of our revival of small groups, we are beginning a Lenten small group for faith sharing and discussion. The goal is not just to study or to learn but more to use Lent to engage one another in faith helping us a step closer to God and a step further on the path of discipleship.
Fr. Rob will facilitate the small group using the book, Time for God, by Fr. Jacques Philippe, an excellent introduction to meditative prayer that is short and easy to read.
Starting March 1 we will meet on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am following the daily Mass at 9:00 am (with a cup of coffee and a donut in between!!). It’s a great opportunity to learn to engage and be engaged by others as well as to grow in your comfort and ability to pray.
If interested, please contact Kathy Hofer at
(301) 473-4800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and/or purchase the book.
You can also purchase the book on Amazon.com in either paperback or kindle format. All are welcome.
Lent & Easter Giving:
The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels and a special project of Lent. We are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving” which means the provision of goods and services, works of mercy and charity, or financial support to the “poor” as they are present around us. Giving also includes our tithe or offering, our worship offering in our place of worship as an act of worship.
During Lent, we have the opportunity to participate in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. The Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries provides substantial financial support to serve those in need throughout the Archdiocese. This year, our share of what is given to the Annual Appeal will support our Faith Formation program. Discern prayerfully how God is calling you to give back during this Lenten and Easter season by supporting our Pastorate and our Archdiocesan family through the 2023 Annual Appeal. Thank you as always for your generosity. Click the button below to give today.
This Lenten season, donations to the poor boxes will be given to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Please give generously to our brothers and sisters in their time of need.
If you wish to make a donation to the Pastorate, please select Easter Offertory.
Monday (April 3rd):
9 AM daily Mass, 9:30 AM Morning Prayer
Tuesday (April 4th):
9 AM daily Mass, 9:30 AM Morning Prayer, Confessions- 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Wednesday (April 5th):
9 AM Morning Prayer
Holy Thursday (April 6th):
9 AM Morning Prayer;
7 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper;
8:15 - 9:30 PM Adoration; 9:30 PM Night Prayer
Good Friday (April 7th):
9 AM Morning Prayer; 3 PM Celebration of the Lord's Passion; 7pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday (April 8th):
Blessing of Easter Foods- 1 PM
Easter Vigil: 7 PM (No Saturday Confessions)
Easter Sunday, April 9th:
Easter Sunday Masses-
7:30 AM, 9 AM and 11 AM
"Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, he has been raised!"