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Preparing for Easter, Feb. 14 – March 31

Posted on January 25, 2024 in: Liturgical Event

Preparing for Easter, Feb. 14 – March 31

Grow closer to Christ this Lenten Season! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day), and leads us to the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, to culminate in our Easter celebration. During the 40-day preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, March 31, Catholics around the globe will seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture, serve by giving alms and practice self-control through fasting for the eternal good God offers us. 

Join Assumption for 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten Season.

Ash Wednesday: Feb. 14
Mass in the Church at 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., and 7 p.m.
Prayer Service with Assumption students in the Church at 12:05 p.m. 

Friday Afternoon Stations of the Cross:
Feb. 23, and March 8 & 15 at 2:40 p.m. in the Church
Assumption students guide the congregation through the 14 stations through the eyes of a different person each time. All Stations occur in the Church except for the “Stations of the Shadows” on March 15 in the Chapel.

Friday Evening Stations of the Cross:
Feb. 16 & 23, March 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel

Also known as the Way of the Cross, commemorate Jesus's passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections.

Friday Fish Fry:
Feb. 16 – March 29 from 5-7 p.m.

The O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Council #2269, located across the street from Assumption School, will be cooking up some of the best cod and catfish around. Carryout or dine-in available! $15 dinner with 3 sides. $14 dine-in Senior Rate. Kid's meal $5.   

Sunday Lenten Special Rosary Prayed:
Feb. 18 & 25 and March 3, 10, & 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Calling all grandparents, parents and friends! Join us in the Chapel every Sunday during Lent to pray a special Rosary for families who are hurting and in need and our youth. Let us turn to our Blessed Mother to intercede for us with Jesus before the throne of our Father. You are invited to place your prayer intentions at the altar.

Tuesday Eucharistic Exposition:
Feb. 20 & 27 and March 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. in the Chapel

Pray in the Chapel during Eucharistic Exposition when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the monstrance that is placed upon the altar. Eucharistic Adoration is available 24/7 in the Chapel by using the Church code to open the door at the north transit entrance.

Tuesday Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions:
Feb. 20 & 27 and March 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 5:15 p.m. in the Chapel

Observe this perpetual novena on Tuesdays during Lent as we gather together in the Chapel to honor our Mother and our Perpetual Help. We recall how she helped others. Her whole life was a lesson in love.

Tuesday Evening Mass:
Feb. 20 – March 26 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel

Come pray with us every Tuesday during Lent in the Chapel.

Father Joe Kempf's Special Lenten Presentation: Are You Good Enough Yet?
Feb. 28, Wednesday, 7 p.m. in the Church

Do you try too hard or worry too much? Is it sometimes hard for you to let go of past mistakes or shortcomings? If you – or someone you know – is a perfectionist, this talk is for you. Reconnect after the presentation to preview and purchase signed copies of his new book, Are you Good Enough Yet? Gospel Value children's books also will be available.

Reconciliation Weekend:
Friday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. in the Church, and Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Confessors available to celebrate the sacrament as we draw closer to the end of our Lenten journey.

Passion Play:
March 22, Friday, at 11 a.m. in the Church

Assumption seventh-grade students perform the Passion Play according to the Gospel of John in the Church.

Easter Egg Hunt:
March 24, Palm Sunday after all Masses

The Seventh Annual Assumption Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Men’s Group is back for another Lenten Season! Children ages 12 and under grab your Easter Basket and head to the soccer fields to help the Easter Bunny search for the hidden eggs on Palm Sunday, March 24! The hunts are free and will start 10-15 minutes after each Mass. Find a golden egg and win a special prize! One per family, please. While you’re there, get your family picture taken with the Easter Bunny. There will be donuts available at the 8 a.m. hunt, and grilled hot dogs, soda, and water will be for sale after the 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. hunts. Donations are welcome. All proceeds will help support and fund the annual Assumption Easter Egg Hunt.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper:
March 28, Holy Thursday, at 7 p.m. in Church

Come celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist and Christ’s example of humility and charity as we witness the washing of the feet. Eucharistic Adoration in our Chapel follows the service until midnight.

Life Teen Walk the Way Stations of the Cross: 
March 29, Good Friday, at 3 p.m. in the Church

Experience the Stations of the Cross from the perspective of Jesus through this experiential prayer service put on by our Life Teen Ministry. Sit in the Church and observe or be blindfolded while going through the motions.  

Good Friday Service:
March 29 at 7 p.m. in Church

Remember with us the sacrifice Jesus made as we have the reading of the Passion and the veneration of the cross at this Communion service.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil:
March 30 at 8 p.m. in Church

On this holy night, the Church keeps watch, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments and awaiting his return in glory. This evening we renew our baptismal promises and celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation with those who have been preparing as we witness their Baptisms, entry into the Church, Confirmations and their First Communions.

Sunday Easter Mass:
March 31 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon in the Church, and 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in the Chapel

The season of Easter is the most important of all liturgical times, which Catholics celebrate as the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.