Wednesday, Feb. 14-Saturday, March 31
Sundays in Lent
PARISH PROJECT: EASTER DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET
- Beginning Sunday, Feb. 11 – Mar. 4
St. Mary’s invites parishioners to collaborate on a devotional booklet for the coming Easter season. Start by selecting a single word from The Alphabet of Christian Words, which is on display in Paca Hall. Sign your name next to the word. Use this word to guide your Lenten meditative journey. Participants are asked to submit a brief reflection to Fr. Chris by March 11. The resulting devotional booklet will be distributed on Easter Sunday for the parish to use as a source of inspiration during the Eastertide. SIGN UP IN PACA HALL.
COFFEE HOUR SERVICE PROJECT
- Feb. 18 at 10:15 a.m.
As part of this year’s Lenten formation, during Coffee Hour on February 18, we will be packaging 4,500 pounds of food to be distributed to those hungry and in need in our local community. We need your hands for support in this mammoth endeavor. No sign up required.
SUNDAY INTERGENERATIONAL LENTEN CHOIR
- At the 9:00 a.m. Worship Services during Lent
Adults and teenagers are encouraged to take this opportunity to be part of a Sunday 9:00 a.m. Lenten Choir for a short-term commitment. This would be a wonderful Lenten discipline for someone who would like to experience the joy of leading others in worship through music. This choir practices Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during Lent. SIGN UP
- At the 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Worship Services during Lent
Throughout Lent, we will be learning about the musical portions of our liturgy: exploring how they coordinate with the prayer book and the Church Year, highlighting their history and significance, and encouraging us all in meaningful worship. No sign up required.
SUNDAY LENTEN BOOK STUDY: BEING DISCIPLES
It’s not enough to believe, so what are the essentials of Christian Living? This is the question Rowan Williams raises in his work, Being Disciples (the companion to Being Christian, which we read in Advent.) Grab a copy today and join us during Lent. Note: We are offering this same book study Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. St. Mary’s will have copies of the book; cost is $8. SIGN UP
Tuesdays in Lent
EVENING COMMUNITY DISCUSSION SERIES
Consider adding one of the following three discussion series to your Lenten discipline. Each series runs for five consecutive weeks Tuesday evenings, Feb. 20 – Mar. 20.
- Adult Programs begin at 7:30 p.m.
- Nursery care is provided upon written request at the time you sign up.
- Optional simple supper at 6:30 p.m. prior to the discussions will be offered weekly; sign up to sup AND sign up to help with the supper.
LIVING IN FAITH IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES: PROPHETIC QUESTIONS
There is no doubt that we struggle with difficult questions these days. How do we as Christians respond to issues of violence, gender discrimination, stewardship of the earth and environment, race and immigration, and healthcare? What is our responsibility in furthering the Kingdom of God and how do we go about it? How do we balance both our inward and outward faith journeys? How do we keep hope alive? What is God asking of me individually and us as a faith community? This Lenten experience will consist of a teaching on one of the aforementioned issues, followed by a small group experience exploring the questions and possible answers together as we listen respectfully to each other’s thoughts and concerns and seriously consider how God might have us respond. SIGN UP
FINDING TRUTH IN FICTION (small group of 12 people)
We will read and discuss the novella The Testament of Mary by Irish writer Colm Toibin (author of the book Brooklyn, which was made into a popular movie a few years ago). This slim, poetic, and provocative book gives voice to the mother of Jesus in her old age as she reflects on her son’s life and death, in particular, in his last days. Mary is wholly human in Toibin’s imagining, struggling with grief and anger, and even questioning the motives of his followers. Critiques of the book have ranged from “a beautiful and daring work” to “blasphemous.” The five-week session will let us explore the book and the questions it raises, compare it to our understanding of Mary from the Bible, and answer for ourselves if we see it as beautiful or blasphemous. St. Mary’s will have copies of the book; cost is $8. SIGN UP
THE EASTER VIGIL: THE JOURNEY OF FINDING EVERLASTING LIFE (small group of 12 people)
Through this liturgy, the Book of Common Prayer recovers an ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast. In the hours of darkness ending at the dawn on Easter, Christians gathered to hear scripture and offer prayer. This gathering will take an in-depth look at the nine scripture readings that precede the Easter Eucharist, discerning and discussing their relevance and wisdom in the eternal journey for life. SIGN UP
Wednesdays in Lent
ASH WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14
All services in the Nave
- 6:30 a.m. The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
- 12:00 p.m. The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
- 5:45 p.m. Children’s Liturgy Service
- 6:30 p.m. Dinner for Youth between services in Paca Hall
- 7:30 p.m. The Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
- Meets at 7:00 a.m. after the Holy Eucharist (6:30 a.m.)
- Dates: Feb. 21, 28; Mar. 7, 14, 21
It’s not enough to believe, so what are the essentials of Christian Living? This is the question Rowan Williams raises in his work, Being Disciples (the companion to Being Christian, which we read in Advent.) Grab a copy today and join us during Lent. Note: We are offering this same book study Sunday’s from 4:00-4:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.St. Mary’s will have copies of the book; cost is $8. SIGN UP
ST. ANNE’S GUILD BOOK STUDY
- Meets Mar. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kathryn McManus
In her work Simplifying the Soul, award-winning author and Benedictine oblate Paula Huston invites readers to de-clutter their minds, hearts, relationships, and souls in a book of daily Lenten practices woven from the gospels, Desert Fathers, and her own wealth of spiritual experience. This is a self-paced exercise that will culminate in a group discussion led by Mother Amy. Participants may purchase the book on Amazon. SIGN UP
YOUTH GROUP LENTEN OUTREACH
- Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Jr. High Food Prep at St. Mary’s
- Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Sr. High Shift at AFAC
- Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Jr. High Bagged Meal for A-SPAN at St. Mary’s
- Mar. 14 at 7:30 p.m.: Sr. High Bagged Meal for A-SPAN at St. Mary’s
- Mar. 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Jr. & Sr. High Lenten Outreach Activity at St. Mary’s
In Lent, we ask our Youth to reach out and take on more service for others. We ask them to bag chicken, make sandwiches and bag produce rather than consuming chicken wings! Come join us to support those in need in Arlington! Email Sue Cromer, Sue.Cromer@StMarysArlington.org to participate.
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER IN ST. MARY’S CHAPEL
- Dates: Feb. 21, 28; Mar, 7, 14, 21
- Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This group meets weekly to explore silent prayer to raise our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. No sign up required.
Thursdays in Lent
- Meets at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Healing & Holy Eucharist (11:00 a.m.)
- Dates: Feb. 22; Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
It’s not enough to believe, so what are the essentials of Christian Living? This is the question Rowan Williams raises in his work, Being Disciples (the companion to Being Christian, which we read in Advent.) Grab a copy today and join us during Lent. Note: We are offering this same book study Sundays from 4:00-5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. St. Mary’s will have copies of the book; cost is $8. SIGN UP
Fridays in Lent
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
- Dates: Feb. 23; Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
- Time: 7:00 p.m. in the Nave
A half-hour service of meditations and prayers using visual images of Jesus’ Passion. No sign up required.
Saturdays in Lent
LENTEN REPAIR & CLEAN UP DAY
- Date: March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
As an “active” meditation, come help prepare the church for the Easter season. SIGN UP
LENTEN QUIET DAY: SILENCE & SOLITUDE IN A NOISY AND BUSY WORLD
- Date: March 10, 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Brothers from the Monastery of the Holy Cross, an Anglican Benedictine Community of Men, in West Park, New York will join the parish to lead us in a day-long retreat exploring the richness of a life that refuses to omit the experience of silence and solitude. This retreat will explore the possibilities of Spirit that arise when we intentionally create openings for fresh insights. Note: All are encouraged to attend the entire day for the full benefit however, you may leave or join at the lunch hour. SIGN UP
Quiet Day Schedule
- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m: Morning Meditations
- 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Holy Eucharist
- 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
- 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Meditations
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
- Date: March 17
- Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Last year a hundred volunteers, from St. Mary’s and other Episcopal Churches in Region III, packed 10,000 meals in just over two hours as part of the Rise Against Hunger Now campaign. We need volunteers to do it again at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. If you’d like to be part of this effort to provide emergency meals for humanitarian relief both here at home and abroad. SIGN UP
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION CLASS
- Date: March 31
- Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sign Up Deadline: Saturday, March 24–one week prior to the class.
Families who believe their child might be ready to receive Communion are invited to sign up their child to attend a special one-hour class where clergy can educate interested children about the Eucharist.
- Please understand that acceptance to participate in the class is upon the Rector’s discretion.
- At least one parent and the child/children seeking to learn about Communion must be present at the class.