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Lent and Holy Week 2020
Make a Retreat this Lent

The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades  in Federal Way is sponsoring a number of retreats this Lent.

March 6-8
Men's Lenten Silent Retreat:
From Jesus' Transfiguration to Living our Transformation
Presenter: Deacon Carl Chilo

March 27-29
Women's Lenten Retreat:
Matthew-A Gospel with 5 Acts
Presenter: Fr. Donald Heet, OSFS

April 3-5
Palm Sunday Young Adult Retreat:
Peace of Heart
Presenter: Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, OP

Visit the Palisades Retreat Center website for more information on these and all of their retreats.



Visit the Catholic Relief Services Lenten Rice Bowl website which includes informative liturgical resources, free materials, Stations of the Cross, a Lenten digital retreat and much more.

Time of the Easter Vigil

"The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil must take place during the night, so that it begins after nightfall and ends before daybreak on the Sunday." (Roman Missal, The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, 3)


This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. The Easter Vigil may not be celebrated
at the time of day that it is customary to celebrate anticipated Sunday Masses.

The Bishops' Committee on Liturgy (BCL) Newsletter, March 2001, states the Easter Vigil "is to take place in darkness." 

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night may begin no earlier than 8:45 pm throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle, allowing for the new fire to break the darkness of night. (Roman Missal, Easter Vigil, 3). 


First two weeks of Lent 2020
Various Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle.
View the full calendar on the Liturgy Office website.

Thursday, April 2
St. James Cathedral
7:00 pm
chrism mass holy oil 
One of the most significant archdiocesan liturgies when Archbishop Etienne will bless and consecrate the sacramental oils to be used throughout the year and priests will publicly renew their priestly promises.


Living The Pillars of Lent
During the season of Lent, Christians are called to deeper conversion and acts of penance. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, "Scripture and the Fathers insist above all on three forms, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others." (CCC 1434)

[On the Northwest Catholic website] you'l l find suggestions for living out these "pillars of Lent" during each of the six weeks leading up to the commemoration of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Archbishop Emeritus J. Peter Sartain has provided the suggestions for prayer. The reflections on fasting come from Patrick Sharkey, director of the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades; suggestions for almsgiving were compiled by Northwest Catholic staff.

Visit the Northwest Catholic website to view the full article and read more about the pillars of Lent.
Article copyright. Reprinted here with permission of Northwest Catholic .

Liturgical Preparation Aid for Lent
The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions is offering a liturgical preparation aid for Lent, the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and the Easter Season.  

Click here for the resource for the Great Ninety Days.  A Spanish translation is also available.
Please share it generously with your parish or faith community.  The document contains:
  • A full presider's text for the "Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution"
  • Sample Music Suggestions
  • Sample Penances
  • A Liturgical Year Calendar Advisory
  • Frequently-asked Questions and Their Answers
  • A summary of the Lectionary readings for Sundays and Solemnities
  • Preparation sheets for the Rites belonging to the Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • Preparation sheet for Palm Sunday
  • Preparation sheets for the Sacred Paschal Triduum
  • An Order of Service for Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday evening.
Many thanks to Rita Thiron of FDLC, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (USCCB-CCD) and to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy for their kind permission to share copyrighted material.

Fasting and Abstinence
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Baptism or of renewal of Baptism at Easter. (Code of Canon Law, 1249-1252)

Ash Wednesday, February 26, and Good Friday, April 10, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.   
Fasting is to be observed by all eighteen years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their sixtieth birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.  
Abstinence is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.  
Virtual Workshops

Liturgy Training Publications' Virtual Workshops™ implement state-of-the-art technologies to bring convenient, expert training to pastoral ministers around the country. Informed by the adult education methods proven successful in live workshops, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ offer liturgical ministers, catechists, and parish staffs access to engaging, professional presentations from the comfort of their home, office, or parish center.

Through the Adobe Connect platform, participants gather virtually for 90 minutes of training, dialogue, and reflection. Unlike most webinars, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ invite participants to engage with the presenter and one another as they provide feedback, reflect on the topic at hand, and discuss strategies for increased engagement in their ministry. All Virtual Workshops™ utilize several multimedia components at once, including videos, presentation slides, chat boxes, downloads, external links, discussion boards, and polls.

The list of Virtual Workshops™ includes both past sessions and workshops now open for registration. To contract a customized Closed Session of any of the workshops, please email

Some of the many workshop topics include:

  • An Introduction to the RCIA
  • Preparing Triduum
  • Eucharistic Spirituality
  • Children's Liturgy of the Word in your Parish Community
  • Celebrating Lent and Easter in your Classroom
  • Preparing to Serve the Holy Week Liturgies: A Lenten Retreat
  • Decorating the Church through the Seasons
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  • Techniques for Effective Proclaiming
An Evening of Adoration, Absolution and Song
An evening of Adoration, Absolution and Song
in honor of the Mercy of God

Friday, March 20
St. Anthony Catholic Church, Renton
7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Let the healing power of Jesus and music seep into your soul!

Join Amy Gallwas and Victoria Solenberger in an evening which will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Music, Benediction, and Individual Confessions.

View the flyer for more information.

Order of Baptism of Children
The second edition of the order of baptism will guide your parish's celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for children and infants. It has been updated to be consistent with the current translation of the Roman Missal. The second edition gives the option to use a new greeting and an expanded Litany of the Saints. It also has a helpful new appendix laying out the order of baptism of children within Mass.

This ritual for Baptism of children may be used now, and must be used for all baptisms of children beginning on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. It is approved for use in all dioceses of the United States.
Be sure to purchase your copy today through one of the many Catholic publishers, such as Liturgy Training Publications, Magnificat, USCCB Publishing, and Liturgical Press.

With the new Order of Baptism of Children being implemented, there are a number of virtual online workshops through Liturgy Training Publications:

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