Lent 2014 at St. Monica

 Holy Week Mass Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 13
7:30, 9:30, 11:30 am; 1:15 and
5:30 pm  ( Vigil at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23)

Monday-Wednesday, April 14-16
Daily Mass at 6:30 and 8:00am; 12:10 p.m. (5:30 pm Mass at St. Anne Church & Shrine)

Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19
Morning prayer daily at 8:00 am

Holy Thursday, April 17
Mass of the Lord's Supper & Washing of the Feet at 7:00 pm

Good Friday, April 18
Solemn Liturgy with Holy Communion and Veneration of the Cross at Noon & 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
7:00 to 10:00 pm

This Mass will satisfy the Easter obligation.

Easter Sunday*
Church: 7:00, 9:30, and 11:30 am; 1:15 and 5:30 pm

Gym: 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am

Grand Pavilion:  9:45 and 11:45 am; 1:15 pm

*Extra parking available at 1211 7th Street, south of Wilshire.

Prayer and Spiritual Growth Opportunities

March 31-April 2: Parish Retreat (formerly called Parish Mission)
This year our theme is "A Journey to the Center of our Hearts."  Please join us every night at 7 p.m. in the church as we welcome Fr. Michael Fish OSB. Using the words of Jesus, "new wine fresh skins," Fr. Michael will explore how to find a spirituality (fresh skin) for the new wine (holy spirit) in our busy, chaoctic lives. Using Scripture, poetry, and story, he will invite us to make the journey to the center of our hearts and to rediscover there both the new wine and a fresh skin. 

  • Monday, March 31: Searching for God
  • Tuesday, April 1: Resting in God
  • Wednesday, April 2: Becoming the Living Memory of God

Fr. Michael is a Camaldolese Monk and a member of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. He lives in solitude while also offering retreats and missions on contemplative ways of being, discovering the "inner monk" and the spirituality of journey. If you can't make any of the nights, you can watch on our Livestream channel at http://new.livestream.com/stmonica90403/live-events

Please help us welcome Fr. Michael at all Masses during the weekend of March 29-30 as he helps us kick off the retreat as well as at the 12:10 pm Mass each day of the retreat.

Set aside 10 Minutes every day for meditation and reflection
We will be using  Daily Reflections for Lent: Not by Bread Alone by Robert F. Morneau as our guide this year.  It is available as an ebook and app, as well as in paperback version from several online merchants.(Sorry but our bookstore and Holy Grounds are both sold out!)

 April 16: Early Morning Contemplative Prayer
Join Dr. Jim Finley in the Church for silent prayer and meditation from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. followed by Mass on March 5 and April 16.

Soup and Stations: Every Friday during Lent
Come together for a simple soup supper at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Pavilion followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in the Church on Fridays beginning March 7 through April 11. This centuries-old devotion helps us to meditate on the last hours of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and join our sufferings to His as we reflect and pray with Him on the way to Calvary.  $5.00 per person for soup!

April 18: Living Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m.  L Stations of the Cross with living actors. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoors.

Daily Mass
Celebrate Mass with us every day of Lent at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and at St. Anne Parish at 5:30 p.m. (located at 2011 Colorado Avenue).

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every weekday from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. with the following exceptions:

Saturday, April 12: 3 to 5 pm
Monday, April 14: No Confession
Tuesday, April 15: Communal Liturgy of Reconciliation 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16: 4 to 7 pm
Thursday, April 17: 8:30 to 10 am;

No Confession on Good Friday or Holy Saturday.

Lenten Taizé Prayer at the foot of the Cross—Join us in the Church every Saturday at 4:55 p.m. prior to the Saturday 5:30 liturgy beginning March 8.

April 12: Community Seder Dinner—We invite you to join us for our Seder Meal on Saturday, April 12, as we celebrate our spiritual roots. More to follow on how to purchase tickets. We need volunteers to help sell tickets, set up, serve, and clean up after the dinner. Please contact Fran Curry at fran@stmonica.net or (310) 566-1524 if you are interested in helping!