St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Lent Begins THIS Week

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is Valentine’s Day this year. That’s fitting! Forty days to fall in love again and to stay in love with the One whose baptism we share. Let us return with great hope to these special days for fasting, praying, and giving. This week, read (or even better, sing!) Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 as a special prayer.

Schedule for Ash Wednesday, February 14: 

6:30 a.m. – Communion Service with the distribution of ashes
8:30 a.m. – Mass with the distribution of ashes
12:00p.m. – Prayer Service with the distribution of ashes until 1:00 p.m.
4:30p.m. – Prayer Service with the distribution of ashes (led by Faith Formation)
7:00p.m. – Mass with the distribution of ashes


Stations of the Cross

Pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the Church beginning February 16. Prayer, response, song, movement, and art will be used to help us reflect on Jesus’ greatest act of love for us. Having a simple meal and attending this service yourself or with family/friends can be a wonderful Lenten practice. Three different versions of the Stations will be used this year:

February 16 and March 9 – Everyone’s Way of the Cross
February 23 and March 16 – Biblical Way of the Cross
March 2 and 23 – Social Justice Way of the Cross

The Social Justice Way of the Cross is a guide through the Stations as seen through the experiences of men and women who were witnesses of God’s love. Everyone’s Way of the Cross invites readers to grow closer to Christ by embracing the mystery of suffering in the world. By joining Christ on this transformative journey, we learn to become his disciples–his other self–to a hurting world. Based on the Stations initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1991, The Biblical Way of the Cross offers a scriptural account of the condemnation and crucifixion of Jesus.


Lenten Taizé Prayer Monday, February 26

A Taizé prayer service is scheduled for Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse. Take time during Lent for this unique style of peace-filled, meditative prayer. During this service, anyone in need of physical, emotional, spiritual, or relational healing may be prayed with. After the reflection, those seeking special prayers will be invited to stand. A prayer partner will go to each person to pray with him or her while the entire community prays silently for each person’s confidential intention.