Lent at OLIH

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Lent 2018

This Lent let us open our hearts to God and welcome Him in.  We don't change our hearts, it is God who changes our hearts, but He needs our permission and we need to make space for Him.


Regular Lenten Prayer Opportunites

Weekend and Daily Mass Schedule (Click here)
Mondays:  9:00 am Stations of the Cross
Tuesdays:  5:30 pm Mass
Fridays:  9:00 am -12:00 pm,  Exposition; 5:30 pm Mass

Holy Week Services

Holy Thursday, March 29     7:00 pm

Good Friday, March 30         7:00 pm

Easter Vigil, March 31          8:00 pm

Easter Sunday,  April 1          8:00 & 10:30 am (Church & Social Hall)

Upcoming Lenten Friday Events

March 23:  Stations of the Cross 6:00 pm; Fish Fry 5:00 -7:00 pm


This year we will focus on giving to the hungry. Students in Faith Formation classes will be encouraged to bring donations to class; all other parishioners are encouraged to place your donations in the heart shaped box on the table in the gathering space. Our collection this year will be divided 50/50 — 50% will stay here in Ankeny and be given to Love Lunches (a program to feed children and families during the summer) and 50% will be used more globally to support Bread for the World (read more at and be ready to write letters in support of feeding  the hungry on March 3 & 4).

Lenten Disciplines of Fasting and Abstinence

It is Lent, and as Catholics we look forward to the feast of Easter and the great 50-day celebration of Easter. However, to truly enjoy something, like a feast, we need to feel hungry. If we are full, then we cannot enjoy that meal to which we are looking forward. This in a nutshell is our Catholic understanding of fast and abstinence. We associate ourselves with the suffering Christ in his 40-day fast in the desert before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. During the season of Lent, we spiritually give up something that we like. Then on Easter when we celebrate with the entire church the great feast of the resurrection of Christ and our Lenten fast is broken, we also celebrate with a family Easter meal with those we love. Christ loves us more than we may imagine. That is why he suffered.

Therefore, here are the rules for fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting consists of eating only one meal, with the possibility of two smaller snacks that do not add up to a single full meal. Catholics in good health ages 18-59 are required to fast and to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and to abstain from meat all other Fridays in Lent. Youth 13 & older are to abstain from meat on these days.

Abstinence from meat on Fridays: Canon 1251 specifies that Catholics refrain from eating meat on all Fridays, as an act of penitence. In the US, Catholics are permitted to substitute another penance outside of the season of Lent. During Lent, however, all Catholics are obliged not to eat meat on Fridays.

Communal Reconciliation Services in the Des Moines Area

List-- there is also a time for Individual Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 27, 6:15 pm at OLIH

Praying for Others

Have you prayed for anyone this Lent? Sent them a note to let them know?

Prepare your heart for Lent

Making room for God and granting Him permission to clean our hearts is where the three spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving help us to do some spring cleaning so that God has room to work.  Each week during Lent there will be a new bulletin insert to assist you in focusing on ways to open your hearts, individually and communally, to the work that God is doing in you!

Lenten Schedule & Programs 

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3


Week 4

Week 5

Palm Sunday