Lent marks the season leading up to Easter, and is a time of prayer and fasting. It begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5), and ends on Holy Saturday (April 19), which is the day before Easter. Most people think of Lent as a time to give something up, such as meat or Facebook. Usually, people either forget their resolutions or forgo Lent altogether. Here are some ideas for Lent this year, along with what's happening in the Charlotte area.
In Charlotte, Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church is having a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent (March 7-April 11) for “no meat on Friday”. They will be serving fried fish, baked beans, coleslaw, hush puppies, and iced tea from noon until 7:00 p.m. Fridays. “It is an opportunity to come and have dinner before you go to The Stations of the Cross.”
St. Matthew Catholic Church has a special series for lent in the form of small groups. The series is entitled Puzzle of Life/Finding My Peace. The purpose is to meet for six weeks and share the Lenten experience with friends.
“'Lenten Friends' come together in small groups, sharing the readings and messages of Lent, to enrich their spiritual path while building community.”
Sardis Presbyterian Church is hosting breakfast for those celebrating Len, on Wednesdays through April 16. The breakfasts will take place in the Sardis House, beginning at 6:45 a.m. It includes a full breakfast, music, and devotion, and costs $6 per week. You can register online, call, or pay at the door.
Lastly, St. Peter Catholic Church is hosting Ignatian Lenten Retreats. The theme is “Impelled by the Spirit.” The retreat opens Saturday, March 8 from 9-noon, and closes Saturday, April 5 from 9-noon. You can participate in a small group guided retreat as well, meeting once a week and praying daily.
Here are a couple ideas to inspire you to do something different for Lent this year to deepen your spiritual walk:
“B1 is a 24-hour fasting event for young people which raises money to empower the poor and disempower unjust systems sustaining poverty in our world.”
“Live your Lent with the Lenten calendar. The aim of this calendar is to deepen our spirituality this Lent by learning about Caritas Australia's work in six countries across the globe. Explore Project Compassion, meet inspiring people and reflect on the Lenten period through daily readings, prayers and social justice actions.”