Lent is the Church’s annual season of preparation for Easter. The faithful and those new to faith are encouraged to greater attention to the word of God as they grow more deeply as disciples of Christ. Renewed efforts in prayer, penance, and giving nobly characterize this season. At Nativity there are a wealth of opportunities to observe Lent and we invite you and your family to join us.
Monday – Friday: Mass at 5:30pm in the Chapel
Saturday: Mass at 5pm/Sunday: Masses at 9 & 10:45am in the Church
Saturday: Mass at 5pm/Sunday: Masses at 9 & 10:45am, 12:30 & 5:30pm online at churchnativity.com
*No confessions on April 16th.
Saturdays: 3-6pm – in the Chapel
Sundays: 9am -12n – in the Chapel
First Fridays: 12pm-5:00pm – in the Chapel
Nativity also partners with the Baltimore Basilica in their Perpetual Adoration Program each Friday, 8am – 1pm. For more information: churchnativity.com/adoration
After all Masses the weekend of April 2 & 3 – in the Church
5:00pm Monday-Friday – in the Chapel
Stations of the Cross
4:30pm Fridays – In the Chapel
Fasting & Abstinence
Good Friday is a day of fasting for all able to undertake it. When fasting, a person eats one full meal and two smaller, simpler ones only.
All the faithful are also called to abstain from meat on that day as well as all the Fridays of Lent. “Giving up” other foods and drink, such as deserts or wine, are also encourage as personal penances.
Giving & Almsgiving
The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels and a special project of Lent. We are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving” which means the provision of goods and services, works of mercy and charity, or financial support to the “poor” as they are present around us.
Giving also includes our tithe or offering, our worship offering in our place of worship as an act of worship. To learn more about giving to Nativity please click this link.
During Lent the faithful also have the opportunity to participate in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. The Appeal supports the work of Catholic Parishes, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Schools throughout the Archdiocese and is our annual opportunity to lend a helping hand to so much good and great work that goes on throughout the year.
Lenten Message Series
“Seriously, God? Making Sense of Life Not Making Sense”
Sometimes, life just doesn’t make sense and we end up feeling angry with God, even betrayed by him and left questioning his goodness and grace. In the course of this series for the season of Lent, we’ll take a look at the difficult issues that get in the way of trusting God. Taking a closer look at some of the heroes of the Bible, and the very same frustrations they faced, we’ll learn how they grew through their circumstances to a more loving relationship with God.
All weekend Masses February 27 through April 3.
Lenten Small Group Program
Together with our message series, we are offering small group opportunities just for the season of Lent. Each week groups will be discussing and reflecting together on the weekend message/homily of the previous weekend. It’s never too late to join a group, and we have groups meeting all over the community and online: churchnativity.com/groups
Lenten Service Projects
Throughout the season of Lent Nativity is offering dozens of service projects right here in our own city of Baltimore. Serve with friends, serve with family members, serve from home. Check it all out and sign up to serve this season: churchnativity.com/serve