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Fridays in Lent

Confessions - Every Friday from 4:30 –6:00pm

Please see below for other days/times.

Stations of the Cross - Every Friday at 2:30 pm & 7:00 pm

Join us every Friday of Lent at 2:30 pm & 7:00 pm in the Church as we pray the Stations of the Cross. Early in the life of the Church, it became common for pilgrims to walk in the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary, remembering His passion and death. When it became too dangerous for pilgrims to travel to the Holy Land, the Stations of the Cross became an alternative. The Stations commemorate Jesus' journey to Calvary where he died. Join us for this beautiful Lenten devotion.

Lenten Soup Suppers - Every Friday at 6:00 pm

Each Friday of Lent parishioners from different ministries prepare a homemade soup for our Lenten Soup Supper that begins at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center. No RSVP is necessary, simply join fellow parishioners as we share in a simple Lenten Soup Supper. These humble meals are a good way to build some simplicity into Lent and give you a chance to join with other families. Please join us!

Friday Lenten Series - Every Friday of Lent (except April 5)

Join us at 7:30 pm each Friday of Lent (except April 5), immediately following the Stations of the Cross, for an encouraging talk from Fr. Arnold related to our Lenten spiritual exercises “Getting to the Root of our Sins”. The short talk will give encouragement and guidance as we put our Lenten spiritual exercises into practice.  Also, you can be part of Lenten small group to get more out of the exercises – sign up online for a group that meets on a day/time that works for you at www.smallgroups.church 

Lenten Festivals of Praise - Friday, April 5  (After Stations)

Join us Friday, April 5 following Stations of the Cross for our monthly Festival of Praise beginning at 7:45 pm. In the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, we will spend time in prayer, praise, and worship. All are welcome!

A time to Pray
A time to Pray

Daily Mass

"In the Eucharist is all the power that created the universe and all the love that redeemed it!" Join us for daily Mass and receive the Lord’s power and love in your life to help you meet the challenges and trials of each day. The Mass readings are specially chosen to help draw us more deeply into Lent. Please join us!

Lenten Spiritual Exercises (with Optional Small Groups)

Imagine what would happen if we let the Lord show us what’s at the root of our struggles to love other people and the Lord, and then let him bring us healing and freedom! This Lent join us for a series of daily spiritual exercises, built on classic Catholic spirituality, to let the Lord do that very work in us. It might sound a little daunting, but it brings tremendous freedom and new life. Identifying our root struggle with sin is so important that great spiritual writers have said there can be no real progress in our spiritual life until we identify and battle our dominant root sin. Are you ready for a Lent that can change you forever? Grab your copy of our Lenten Spiritual Exercise books and get ready to go deep with the Lord.  Please consider being part of Lenten small group to get more out of the exercises – sign up online for a group that meets on a day/time that works for you at www.smallgroups.church

Eucharistic Adoration

At Mass the bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus. We feed on this gift at Mass but we also adore his Real Presence in Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration takes place at OLPH every Wednesday morning after Mass and continues throughout the day and night until Saturday morning Mass. Come and spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord – it is a great time of peace, healing and spiritual refreshment.

A Time to Fast
A Time to Fast

Fasting is the voluntary giving up of food, drink, and other material things that express our desire to bring a healthy balance back to our relationship with God, ourselves, and others. Poor choices in daily life can lead us to become enslaved to certain material things such as food, drink, television, etc. In fasting, we admit that we are not as free as we would like to be. In fasting, we exercise the gift of our free will to say ‘no’ to certain things (which are not necessarily bad in themselves) in order to allow us to say ‘yes’ to the Lord and to others.


A Time to Give
A Time to Give

Almsgiving is not only an offering of money to those in need but an attitude of generosity and a willingness to share in the burdens of others. Almsgiving is closely tied to fasting – whatever we save (money or time) should be offered to the needy. For a comprehensive list of ways to serve, visit http://www.olphparish.org/howcanihelp


A Time to Repent
A Time to Repent

Sin: it’s all the times we’ve fallen short in loving God and neighbor. Rather than getting used to it, what if there was a way to start over? What if there was a way to be strengthened so that we could break out of our patterns of sin and learn to love more fully? God offers us his mercy to do just that. See the last page for the many opportunities we have to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent on Wednesdays, Fridays , Saturdays and at our Lenten Penance Service. Come and meet Christ in the Sacrament of his mercy!

Reconciliation Dates & Times

-- Wednesday evenings at OLPH: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

-- Friday afternoons at OLPH: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

-- Saturday afternoons at OLPH: 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

-- Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm – Regional Lenten Penance Service hosted at OLPH

-- Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm – Regional Penance Service hosted at St. John in Wilde Lake

-- Monday, April 8 – Archdiocesan Day of Reconciliation with confessions at parishes throughout the Archdiocese today.  

At OLPH confessions will be offered from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ash Wednesay – March 6

Mass with the blessing and distribution of ashes at:

6:30 am

9:30 am – School Mass

5:00 & 7:00 pm 

PALM SUNDAY – April 14

Palms will be blessed and distributed at all of the regularly scheduled weekend Masses

HOLY THURSDAY – April 18

8:15 am – Morning Prayer

7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord's Supper, followed by quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight (in Parish Center)

GOOD FRIDAY – April 19

8:15am – Morning Prayer

3:00 pm – Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, including Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion

HOLY SATURDAY – April 20

(No 8:15 am or 4:30 pm Masses, No 3:00 pm Confessions)

8:15 am – Morning Prayer

1:30 pm – Blessing of Easter Foods in the Church

THE EASTER VIGIL –April 20

8:15 pm – Easter Vigil Mass

EASTER SUNDAY – April 21

Easter Masses celebrated at:
7:30 am; 9:00 am (Church and Parish Center); 11:00 am (Church & Parish Center)

Please Note: There is no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday!

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4795 Ilchester Road Ellicott City, MD 21043
410.747.4334