Holy Spirit Lenten Observances

Pray that God will grant us all the grace to make the most of this season of renewal.

The Catholic Church encourages us to make every possible good use of the season of Lent to prepare our hearts, minds and souls for the joy and salvation of Christ’s resurrection. Below are some suggested resources to help you design your Lenten journey. Feel free to select and choose from among these suggestions those that particularly call to you.

These have been organized as follows:

I. Parish Unity and Purpose Observance for Lent

II. Distinguished Speaker - Sister M. Gaudia Skass - March 12

III. Other Holy Spirit Parish Events & Observances.

IV. Some online resources you may like.

I. Parish Unity and Purpose Observance for Lent
Monsignor Royal has called us to continue to act together this Lent, as we did during Advent, in hope of growing in fellowship with each other and our Lord. The proposal is a "three legged stool."


During Lent we prepare our hearts and souls for Easter. As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, it is important for each of us to look to our own rebirth into eternal life. To be ever watchful and ready Our Lord has given us the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

During Lent we will have additional opportunities to receive Reconciliation.

At Holy Spirit:

  • Every Saturday 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Monday, March 5, 12, 19 & 26  noon - 1PM
  • Thursday, March 1, 8, 15 & 22 7:00 - 8:30PM

Confession Centers will be available throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport on the Monday of Holy Week - March 26th - from 3PM - 9PM . The three centers in Stamford will be:

Second - FAST

In addition to your chosen Lenten fast, each Friday during Lent fast from another thing for the sake of our parish. It can be a fast from anything.  It could be a fast from food or drink, or it could be a fast from an activity. Make it meaningful but don't overdo it. When you fast, remember what is in your heart matters the most. You are saying to yourself and God, "I want fellowship with Christ more than ___this thing I am fasting from___"

Third - PRAYER

Pray the Holy Spirit Parish Prayer (see below) daily.

Click here to download a pdf of the prayer.

As we pray and fast together let us hope that we will grow in fellowship with our Lord, Jesus Christ so that we will see clearly where it is Christ wants us to focus - that our time, treasure and talents will be employed according to His will - that we will not just be a busy parish but a purposeful one that gives glory to God.

Holy Spirit Parish Prayer


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Heavenly Father we praise and thank You
for calling us to be Your People.
Pour Your grace and mercy upon our parish.

Holy Spirit, accept my prayer and fasting
and send Your fire
into our hearts and minds.
Guide us to know and do the will of God

Lord, Jesus,
we consecrate our parish to Your Sacred Heart,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Almighty and ever living God,
We declare You to be our King.
Free us from the lies and empty promises of evil,
And may we respond to your call in our lives.

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Sr. GaudiaII. Distinguished Speaker - Sister M. Gaudia Skass - "God's Surprising Remedy to Our Sins" -March 12 at 7:30PM We are incredibly blessed to have this wonderful speaker coming right here to Holy Spirit. Mark your calendars and be sure not to miss this! Read more

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III. Other Holy Spirit Parish Lenten Events & Observances.

For grades 6 - 12 in Holy Family HallPizza will be served

Communion   Attend at least one extra mass each week. We have added a 5:30PM Thursday evening mass to our regular weekday schedule to facillitate this.
Grunewald Crucifixion   Grow in faith and appreciation for the Passion of Christ as well as repentance and humility by praying the Stations of the Cross. Every Friday night during Lent at 7PM

Grow in faith and appreciation for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist by spending some quiet time with Him in the Tabernacle or go to Adoration.


Participate in our Corporal Works of Mercy collections.

Remember the three pillars of Lent are to Pray, Fast, and Give. Our Social Concerns Ministry Lenten Corporal Works of Mercy program is an excellent way to make Lent a time of increased giving.


Robert Barron   Word on Fire Engage Lent Video & Discussion series Everyone who is subscribed to our weekly newsletter has been subscribed to this Lenten video series created by Bishop Robert Barron. Beginning with the first video on Ash Wednesday and then each week for a total of five weeks a new video will be emailed to you. You may ask questions online.


The Passion of the Christ  

Youth Group Showing of "The Passion of the Christ"

March 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Contact: Fr. Joseph Gill

For grades 6 - 12 in Holy Family Hall
Pizza will be served

IV. Some online resources you may like.

Formed logo  

Do you know our Parish offers free access to the acclaimed Formed website? Choose from among the many programs, movies, books & audios on Formed.org

Enter our Parish Code XDF38V 

Best Lent Ever logo   Sign up for free daily reflections from Matthew Kelly.
Bishop Barron   Sign up for free daily reflections from Bishop Robert Barron.
Busted Halo   Young adults (of all ages) may wish to review the Lenten resources at BustedHalo.com
Lifeteen logo  

Teens may wish to view the reflections, videos and other materials at Lifeteen.com

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For the full schedule of Lenten Observances and Mass Times throughout Holy Week and Easter
click here

Lenten Regulations

Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fast & Abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are Days of Abstinence. The obligation to Abstain from meat binds Catholics from the age of 14 throughout life. Children under 14 should be encouraged to perform suitable voluntary penance. The obligation to Fast, limiting oneself to one full meal & two lighter meals in the course of a day, binds all adults, from 18 years old to the beginning of the 60th year, with nothing between meals except liquids. 

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