Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Lent 2018

Ash Wednesday, February 14th

The schedule for Ash Wednesday is as follows:

  • 7:00 am at the Friary on Redwood Road
  • 8:15 am All School Mass with Ashes
  • 12:00 Noon Mass with Ashes
  • 6:00 pm Mass with Ashes followed by a Soup Meal in Stack Center

Wednesdays during Lent

6:00 PM Mass followed by Lenten Soup Meal & Lecture Series

How may we participate to pray during Lent

1. Join us on Ash Wednesday at 7 AM on Redwood Road, 8:15 AM with the School, Noon, and 6 PM in the Church. This is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Coming to Mass on Ash Wednesday is a Great way to begin Lent. A collection for Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice bowel will be taken at the Mass.
2. Wednesday Masses at 6 PM followed by a soup meal. Prayer and Community!
3. Join a Disciples on the Journey prayer group during Lent to reflect and share on the Scriptures. Sign-ups are this weekend.
4. Come to our Wednesday Lenten Lecture Series with Fr. Francisco Nahoe OFM Conv. A professor at Zaytuna College. The title of the Series is Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship.
5. Pray with Our Lenten Daily Reflection Book: Walking together into Freedom.
6. Join us for Adoration on Thursday at 7 PM or Saturday Morning at 8:45 AM and on Friday, March 2 at 7 PM
7. Stations of the Cross on Friday at 2 PM with children and in Spanish at 7 PM
8. Join us for the Rosary on Sunday 30 minutes before Mass.
9. Come to Confession on Thursday at 7 PM during Adoration or on Saturday at 3:30 PM.
10. Communal Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM.
11. Make a Donation of to St. Vincent De Paul
12. Join us for Coffee and Donuts 10:45 AM on February 18 and meet our Refugee family, Esperance and Children and learn the progress that has been made.

Lenten Lecture Series

Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship
Presented by Fr. Francisco Nahoe

This series, offered by Fr. Francisco Nahoe OFM Conv., examines Christian Discipleship in light of Biblical narratives from the Book of Genesis, the Psalms, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline letters & the letters of John. Following a method laid out by Pope Saint John Paul II, we will address human, spiritual, intellectual & social dimensions of Christian Discipleship in order to foster our own ongoing growth as ever more authentic disciples of the Lord Jesus. Bring your Bible & an open heart & ask the Spirit of God to move within you.

Join us for Mass in the Church at 6:00 pm, followed by a Soup & Bread Lenten Meal at 6:30 pm. February 14th lecture begins at 7:30 pm. February 21st thru March 21st lectures begin at 7:15 pm.

  • February 14th – Sin, Grace & Discipleship
  • February 21st -The Gospel of Failed Discipleship
  • February 28th The Role of the Eucharist in Recovering Authentic Discipleship
  • March 7th – The Journey of Discipleship in the Gospel of Luke and Acts
  • March 14th – Portraits of Beloved Discipleship in the Gospel of John
  • March 21st – Pauline Paths of Christian Discipleship

Other Suggestions During Lent

“Give It Up for the Earth!” is a Lenten faith-in-action campaign for the environment sponsored by the Citizens for Public Justice. We are challenged to choose an action for God’s creation as one of our Lenten promises this year. OLG’s Pax Christi/Social Justice group has these suggestions:

  • Turn off your lights & appliances when not in use
  • Carry your water in a reusable bottle
  • Reduce your use of paper towels
  • Have more meatless meals or don’t eat beef
  • Put all your food waste in the green bin
  • Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags
  • Bring your own leftover containers to restaurants
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Recycle plastic bags by putting “bags in a bag” in a bag
  • Turn down your heat a couple of degrees & wear a sweater at home
  • Reduce your use of water
  • Drive less/bike or walk more
  • Use the cold water setting in your washing machine
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of poisons, pesticides & herbicides
  • Only use recyclable paper plates & cups