This Lent Add Instead Of Subtract

This Lent Add Instead Of Subtract

This Lent Add Instead Of Subtract


Many years ago I explained to my spiritual director that I didn’t like giving up something for Lent. “I don’t quite see the connection,” I said. “What does giving up chocolate have to do with my spiritual life?” Wise woman that she was, and still is, she replied, “There may not be a connection for you. Why don’t you take on something instead?”

And so I did, and so I still do. And it works for me. Maybe it will for you too. We would like to offer you a few suggestions.


Build Relationships  Commit to dinner together. 


Join us for our  Tuesday Lenten Mass at 5:30 pm, Simple Dinner at 6:00 pm and Speaker Series :LENTEN PRAYERS, PENANCE, SERVICE beginning at 6;45 pm.


  • February 20th: Prayer Resources – Msgr Siffrin
  • February 27th: Prayer Forms – Sister Regina Rogers, O.S.U.
  • March 6th: Tradition of Service – Sister Regina, O.S.U.
  • March 13th: The Work of Catholic Charities – Rachel Hrbolich
  • March 20th: Sacrament of Reconciliation – Msgr. Siffrin
  • March 27th: Communal celebration of Reconciliation


Afternoon of Reflection

Saturday, March 10:   Journey with Mary through her Son’s Passion and Death

 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Saint Columba Parish Hall Presented by Sister Regina Rogers, O.S.U. and Catherine Orr


Meeting Jesus In the Gospel of John: a six-week offering of prayer and reflection
from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist & the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary


Whatever you choose – adding or subtracting – the point is to do something that feeds your soul without draining your energy or making you resent the time. Be realistic, keep it simple and enjoy!

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