"The Lenten journey of penance and the journey of
the Synod alike have as their goal a transfiguration, both personal and ecclesial. A transformation that, in both cases, has its model in the Transfiguration of Jesus and is achieved by the grace of his paschal mystery." - Pope Francis's 2023 Lenten Message
Catholic Apostolate Center Lenten Introduction and Activities Handouts
Hope from the Ashes: Preparing for an Evangelizing Lent
Each Ash Wednesday, millions of people—many who are not active in the practice of faith—will take time to receive ashes. Even more will engage in a Lenten custom in their personal lives such as Friday fasting. However, after Easter, this engagement often wanes, and the connection with the Church might be lost. This momentary experience, though, is still an occasion of hope for the Church. As the world moves through uncertain times, this annual phenomenon touches the heart and soul of so many people as it has for centuries: as a source of refuge, stability, and belonging in the midst of anxiety, crisis, and isolation. There is also hope that can come from the efforts of active Catholics and Church leaders who respond to this experience with boundless hospitality, radical warmth, and unconditional compassion. Drawing from his book, Hope from the Ashes, Paul will help people understand the phenomenon and offer ideas of what they can do to respond and accompany Lenten visitors, and in so doing, help transform “moments of return” into “milestones of faith” for countless men and women who will come for ashes.
We pleased to announce our Lenten collaboration with Catholic Volunteer Network. This #LentReset will take place entirely online on social media and will provide daily helpful tips to help guide you through a fruitful and intentional Lenten season. We have provided the full Lenten reflections as eBook above. The reflections start on Ash Wednesday and will conclude on Easter Sunday.
Son Rise Morning Show 04/05/2023: Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. on the Sacred Paschal Triduum
In this segment from the Son Rise Morning Show, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. discusses the Sacred Paschal Triduum, the three most solemn, holiest days of the Church year, beginning on Holy Thursday, continuing with Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, and concluding with Evening Prayer II on Easter Sunday. Fr. Frank discusses the liturgies of the triduum, including: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 03/01/2023: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON A DEEPER CONVERSION TO OUR LORD THROUGH LENT THROUGH PRAYER, FASTING, AND ALMSGIVING
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 4/20/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE EASTER SEASON
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 4/13/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 4/06/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND THE BEATITUDES
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 3/30/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON PRAYER AND THE BEATITUDES
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 03/16/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON FASTING AND THE BEATITUDES
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 03/09/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON ALMSGIVING AND THE BEATITUDES
ON MISSION: ASH WEDNESDAY
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 03/02/2022: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE BEATITUDES, THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, AND THE PILLARS OF LENT
Catholic Apostolate Center Resources
Living as Missionary Disciples During Lent
In this webinar, Father Frank Donio, S.A.C. and Dr. Susan Timoney both present how one may be a missionary disciple, especially during the season of Lent.
SON RISE MORNING SHOW 05/19/2021: FR. FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST
SON RISE MORING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON HOW TO WITNESS
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE EASTER SEASON AND DIVINE MERCY
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON THE TRIDUUM
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C ON DEVOTIONS TO THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON ALMSGIVING
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON PRAYER
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON LENTEN PRACTICES
SON RISE MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW WITH FATHER FRANK DONIO, S.A.C. ON FASTING
BLOGCAST: BEHOLD THE WOOD OF THE CROSS
BLOGCAST: A SCHOOL OF CHARITY
BLOGCAST: PRAYING WITH THE PSALMS DURING LENT
BLOGCAST: LENTEN MAKEOVER
LENT - SACRIFICE
Fr. Frank discusses the act of sacrifice during Lent and why we should also consider other activities that provide additional spiritual benefits.
Question: Why is just “giving things up” not the only thing we should do and what are some things we can actively participate in during the season of Lent?
LENT - FAITH
Fr. Frank discusses the season of Lent and how we as Catholics can further grow in faith during this important season of preparation.
Question: How can a practicing Catholic more fully live out my faith during this season of Lent?
REFLECTION: LAETARE IN TIME OF COVID-19
During this time of crisis and uncertainty in the world as we face this global pandemic, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. reflects on this particular Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent, 2020.
REFLECTION: GOD'S PROMISE TO HIS PEOPLE
During this time of uncertainty, Center Director Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Lent readings.
REFLECTION: PALMLESS SUNDAY
Listen as Center Director, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., reflects on our Palmless Sunday and on our need to place our hope in the Lord during this uncertain time.
REFLECTION: HOPE LIVES
Fr. Frank offers an Easter reflection on our hope now and always, Jesus Christ.
ON MISSION: ON LENT
The premiere episode of the On Mission podcast series; On Mission: On Lent.
Holy Week Retreat
The Catholic Apostolate Center is pleased to host a completely virtual Holy Week Retreat, taking place March 28-April 4, 2021. Holy Week is one of the richest parts of the liturgical year, celebrated by drawing from some of the most ancient traditions of the Church. Come discover some of the themes, rituals, and practices of Holy Week, and what they hold in store for Catholics in 2021.
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Catholic Apostolate Center COVID-19 Resource Page
Click the image below to go the COVID-19 Resource Page provided by the Catholic Apostolate Center, including Lenten Resources amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Sparks from Ashes: Lent and Ash Wednesday as Moments of Evangelization
Each Lent, and especially on Ash Wednesday, an increasing number of inactive Catholics return to church, but only for a short time. There is truly something special about the Lenten season for those men and women who reconnect at this time of year. This webinar will explore that phenomenon and, even more importantly, what we can do to respond in an evangelistic and merciful way.
Presented by: Paul Jarzembowski
Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministries & Assistant Director to the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (USCCB)
The Bridegroom is Coming: A Reflection on Great and Holy Week
The image of Christ the Bridegroom is prominent in the liturgical and spiritual tradition of the Eastern Churches especially in the week leading up to Easter. In this webinar we’ll pause to reflect on the events of Great and Holy Week and their connection with our own prayer, sacrifice and our shortcomings during the Great Fast. Christ is coming for His Bride each one of us. Regardless of how much, or how little you’ve engaged in the Fast, this Holy Week is His invitation to you, to prepare to meet His Mercy and Love.
Presented by Ann Koshute, St. Joseph's College of Maine
Remaining in the Middle of Holy Saturday
The Triduum is often experienced as a linear process that moves from Good Friday by quickly passing over Holy Saturday to get to the joy of the Easter Vigil. Remaining in the middle of Holy Saturday, however, offers reflections about what it means to witness to the fragments of the unknown and contemplate how love enters the place where love does not exist.
Join Mark Moitoza, D.Min, Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, Archdiocese of Military Services USA (milarch.org) in this webinar discussing an important topic in the Church today.
Reflection: Mercy and Conversion
Reflection: The Easter Challenge
Reflection: Communio During COVID-19
Center Project Coordinator Brian Rhude reflects upon Pentecost, its Biblical precursor in the Book of Genesis, and what the feast can tell us about our call to evangelize as Missionary Disciples.
Center Project Coordinator Brian Rhude reflects upon the mercy of God, the constant call to conversion that we hear of in the Gospels, and the words of St. Vincent Pallotti and Pope Francis.
Center Project Coordinator, Brian Rhude, reflects on how Easter is a challenge for us to continue.
Center Project Coordinator, Brian Rhude, reflects on how we can create communio during this time of a global pandemic.