Lent at St. Ignatius: Four Ways to God

February 17 - April 4

Lent 2021

This Lent, St. Ignatius Parish invites you to experience the power of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences through a series of programming and ministries. The four preferences, the fruit of Ignatian reflection from Jesuits around the world, offer a process of discernment around the following:

Showing the Way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment

Walking with the Excluded including the poor, the outcasts, and those whose dignity has been violated

Journeying with Youth in the creation of a hope-filled future

Caring for our Common Home through the protection and renewal of God's Creation, the earth and all living things

#1 Showing the Way to God

February 21
Understanding the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Preparing for Lent and the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises—God’s intense and intimate love for us and the reality of how that informs our experience of the reality of evil in our lives is a central focus of the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Join us in this hospitality hour  as we consider how we might explore this further in the upcoming weeks of Lent.

March 5
The History of the Israelite People: Part I
Lecture by Fr. Paul Devot, S.J.

March 7
The Five Wishes—Planning for One’s Death and Funeral
Maureen O'Hara will introduce to the Five Wishes document which helps think about what we want in facing crucial sickness or death and our funeral. What choices for actions or people involved do we want those who know who mourn our deaths.

March 12
The History of the Israelite People: Part II
Lecture by Fr. Paul Devot, S.J.

March14
The Divine Heart: Living in God’s Love
Colette Lafia, a distinguished meditation leader will talk about the spirituality which allows us to enter the heart of God and find ways to live our lives in and joined to God’s love.

March 19
The Prophets: Isaias, Jeremiah, Elijah and Elisha
Lecture by Fr. Paul Devot, S.J.

March 19
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross as we contemplate our desire to find our way to God.

March 21
Gospel Contemplation: The Raising of Lazarus
In the 2nd week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius  we are invited to deeply contemplate scenes from the Gospel and the life and  ministry of Jesus to help guide our prayer. During our hospitality hour we meditate upon the story of the Raising of Lazarus from John’s Gospel as part of our Lenten prayer.

March 26
The Book of Psalms
Lecture by Fr. Paul Devot, S.J.

March 28
Spiritual Exercises: The Passion of Christ
Embracing Christ on the Cross—As we celebrate Palm/Passion Sunday, we enter into Holy Week and the Paschal Mystery that we celebrate. This hospitality hour draws on the experience of the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola  to spend time in prayer with Christ on the cross.

Lent 2021
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a multi-month religious formation program for adults who wish to join the Catholic Church or become fully initiated, if they already are baptized Catholics. Participants examine their faith while learning about the Catholic tradition. Join us as we welcome our brothers and sisters into the church and get to know them through a forthcoming series of videos.

Lent 2021
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross in a spirt of discernment

#2 Walking with the Excluded

February 26
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross as we contemplate our desire to walk with the excluded.

Ongoing
Discernment Series: Racial Justice
Discernment Series: Racial Justice offers an opportunity for education and theological reflection to discern ways we can work for racial justice in our daily lives through the framework of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Twice a week, starting the week of the Baptism of the Lord and ending in Pentecost, participants will receive a newsletter. The first will define terms necessary to engage in dialogues about racial equity and offer insight and examples of how racism is present in individual, structural, and cultural ways. The second newsletter will contain meditations and prayer reflections to open our hearts to see the world as God sees and call us to live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Ongoing
Shelter Meal Program
The Shelter Meal Program helps communities in need across San Francisco access nourishing food during the Covid-19 pandemic. Every second Sunday of the month, Shelter Meal holds a Cultural Supplemental Grocery Drive for the San Francisco Latinx Community. Every fourth Sunday, it holds a Senior and Disabled Adults Supplemental Grocery Drive for Catholic Charities.

Ongoing
Virtual Rice Bowl
Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all.

#3 Journeying with Youth

April 2
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross as we contemplate our desire to journey with our youth.

Sundays
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Every Sunday, parents can join in for an hour of youth faith formation through our CLOW program, available on our YouTube channel.

Ongoing
High School Student's Instagram Takeover!
This Lent, St. Ignatius will be turning the keys of its Instagram page over to youth in faith formation, who will share what inspires them as they become members of the Church. Details to come!

Lent 2021
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross as we contemplate our desire to journey with our Catholic youth.


#4 Caring for our Common Home

March 5
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross as we contemplate our desire to care for our common home.

Sundays
Laudato si' Circle
Laudato si' Circle is a ministry where small groups of people meet regularly to deepen their relationship with God as creator and all members of creation. We are participating in the Global Catholic Climate Movement through prayer, reflection, and actions, using Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato si', as our guiding document.

Fridays
Vegan Friday Recipes
Our parishioners offer plant-based recipes to accompany each Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent.

Lent 2021
Stations of the Cross
Together, on Zoom, we walk the Stations of the Cross as we contemplate our desire to care for our common home.

More Lent Resources:

Recipes for Meatless Fridays
During the Season of Lent our Catholic tradition calls us to fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Many of us have memories of eating fish-sticks with our families on Lenten-Fridays, or a big pot of tuna casserole!

Little Black Book
Reflections for Lent in a small, easy to read format

Pray as You Go
An audio guide to daily prayer during Lent and beyond!

Sacred Space
A guide to prayer from our brothers and sisters in Ireland

Learning How to Pray
Fr. James Martin speaks with the Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network

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February 17 - April 4

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