Important Dates for Lent 2022
Gatherings (mandatory weekly attendance for all Candidates preparing for Easter Sacraments)
Sundays at Saint Thomas More
980 Moffat | Verdun, QC | H4H 1Y9
unless otherwise indicated
07:45am: Hall Opens
Ash Wednesday – March 2: What is Lent? / Introduction to the course
Lent 1 – March 6: I believe
Lent 2 – March 13: God, the Father Almighty (pt. 1); The Sacraments (pt. 1)
Lent 3 – March 20: God, the Father Almighty (pt. 2); The Sacraments (pt. 2)
Lent 4 – March 27: The Sacraments (pt. 3)
Lent 5 – April 3: **At St Willibrord Parish, 9:30am** The Sacraments (pt. 4)
Palm Saturday (Retreat Day) - April 9: Details to come
There will be no AFF Gathering on Palm Sunday
Holy Week & Easter Triduum
Holy Week – April 10-April 14
Good Friday – April 15
Easter Vigil – April 16
Easter Sunday – April 17
The Creed Study Program by Word On Fire
Is there a concise, neat, easy-to-remember list or summary of the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith? The short answer is yes: the Creed.
The long answer is that while we say the Creed at Mass, we might not know exactly why the Creed is written the way it is, or why the specific points raised in the Creed are considered our fundamental beliefs.
Enter The Creed Study Program by Word On Fire! Presented by Bishop Robert Barron, one of the most notable and dynamic Catholic priests and educators of our time, this program takes participants on a deeper dive into faith through a close examination of the Creed.
As the Study Program of choice for this year's Lenten journey, the pastoral team aims to provide:
Candidates for Sacraments with an understanding and knowledge of Catholicism that adequately prepares them to receive their Sacraments at Easter with hearts that can truly say yes to God;
Sponsors of Candidates with the chance to share their own experiences and faith journeys with their Candidates, while also tending to their own spiritual needs;
Individuals who are neither preparing for Sacraments nor accompanying a Candidate with the opportunity to grow in faith during the Lenten season and to take part in parish fellowship.
Lent 4 - March 27th, 2022
The Sacraments, pt. 3
Table Group Questions
1. What gift of the Holy Spirit do you think is most needed in the world today?
2. For Candidates: What gift of the Holy Spirit would change your life today?
3. For Sponsors and non-Candidate participants: What gift of the Holy Spirit has changed your life since your Confirmation?
Lent 2 - March 13th, 2022
- The Creed, Episode 2: "God, the Father Almighty" pt. 1
- Dr Brant Pitre, "Confirmation in the Bible"
- The Sacraments, pt. 1
1. What does saying, “I believe in one God” imply for all who profess it in the Creed?
- When you say that you believe in God (whether or not it is said as part of professing the Creed), what does it mean to you personally?
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2097: To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the "nothingness of the creature" who would not exist but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is his name. The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world.
2. Is God the Father your ultimate authority or do you have other gods before Him, such as wealth, pleasure, power, or honor?
- Without going into too much personal detail, have you had an encounter with God that has allowed you to step outside of human comforts such as wealth, pleasure, power, or honor, and into a relationship with God that moves Him from the edges of your life towards the centre of it?
For those who have, can you briefly describe what that encounter was like?
For those who have not, is there something you can change or do differently during Lent to invite God to meet you where you are?
For Sponsors and non-Candidate participants:
What was your experience of Confirmation?
If you were confirmed as a preteen or young teenager, how did that impact your life?
What does Confirmation mean to you? What was the initial factor that led you to choose to receive the Sacrament at this point in your life?
What questions do you have about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how these help us as Catholics?
As a child of God, how is your current relationship with God the Father? How has your relationship with God the Father changed over the years?
Table Group Questions
Lent 3 - March 20th, 2022
The Creed, Episode 2: "God, the Father Almighty" pt. 2
The Sacraments, pt. 2
Table Group Questions
1. What is God’s “noncoercive providence” and how does it relate to freedom? What is the difference between the modern concept of freedom and biblical freedom?
- Does having free will make life easier, or does it make life more complicated?
- If we only had free will, and none of God’s guidance, would life be easier or more complicated?
Catechism of the Catholic Church 321: Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end.
1730: God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. "God willed that man should be 'left in the hand of his own counsel,' so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him." Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created with free will and is master over his acts.
1731: Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes one's own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.
1732: As long as freedom has not bound itself definitively to its ultimate good which is God, there is the possibility of choosing between good and evil, and thus of growing in perfection or of failing and sinning. This freedom characterizes properly human acts. It is the basis of praise or blame, merit or reproach.
1733: The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. the choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to "the slavery of sin."
2. What examples of God’s noncoercive providence have been evident in your life?
- Without going into too much personal detail, when you look back on significant events in your life, how has God led or guided you to where you are right now (literally – here in this room, seeking more knowledge of God and the Catholic faith)?
Bishop Barron, Light from Light : “…God’s casual influence is not manipulative, interventionary, or extrinsic to the effect, for God, as we aw, cannot be construed as one competing cause among many. God draws creation to himself nonviolently, allowing the creature under the divine influence to become itself most fully…God moves us by luring our wills in a particular direction and this never amounts to a violation of freedom.”
3. What gift of the Holy Spirit do you think is most needed in the world today?
4. For Candidates: What gift of the Holy Spirit would change your life today?
For Sponsors and non-Candidate participants: What gift of the Holy Spirit has changed your life since your Confirmation?
Lent 1 - March 6th, 2022
The Creed, Episode 1: "I believe"
Table Group Questions
1. Why is the Creed important? How does it serve as a point of contact among Christians?
- Reflect on the fact that just about every Christian in the world professes the same Creed, yet there are deep divisions among Christians. How can you stress the “common ground” in your relationships with non-Catholic Christians?
2. What is the Christian understanding of the word “God”? Why is “knowing God” not like knowing anything else?
Excerpts referenced in this question:
Exodus 3:14: God said to Moses, “I Am That I Am." He said further, "Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 206: “In revealing His mysterious name God says who He is and by what name He is to be called – the divine name is mysterious, just as God is a mystery.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 198: “Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last. The beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works.”
1. Is faith accepting things without evidence?
2. Do you have any agnostics or atheists in your circle of family or friends? What, if anything, in this first lesson has helped you better understand and potentially communicate who God is and the truth that He exists?
Ash Wednesday - March 2nd, 2022
Bishop Barron, "Entering the Desert of Lent" (26:40)
The Purpose of Lent, and the First Pillar (Prayer) - 02:09-11:05
In daily life, what obstacles might we encounter that get in the way of praying?
For those that have formed a habit of regular prayer, how did you do it?
For those seeking to form a habit of regular prayer, do you have a prayer goal you want to achieve?
Bishop Barron recommended a several ways to include prayer in your Lenten journey.
Were there any suggestions that stood out to you for any reason?
What other ways to pray might be added?
The Second Pillar (Fasting) - 11:05-17:43
Why do you think it’s easy for many people to embrace fasting as a tool for achieving fitness goals, but not as easy to do so for spiritual goals?
Why do you think fasting is so important that it’s not just a Pillar of Lent, but a Precept of the Church?
What other questions do you have about fasting?
The Third Pillar (Almsgiving) - 17:43 - 23:01
Did any of Bishop Barron’s suggestions for practicing almsgiving strike you as particularly radical or unexpected?
Apart from money, what are other ways that we might radically show our support for those in need?
Without going into too much personal detail, have you ever had an interaction with another person based on almsgiving (either being on the giving or the receiving end)?
What kind of impact did it have on you or on your perspective/outlook on life?