| Parishes offer Lenten events
Throughout the season of Lent, Catholics make an effort to grow closer to God and repent of the things that get in the way of one's relationship with God. In addition to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, parish communities offer a variety of opportunities for our sisters and brothers to get closer to God.
Pastors and other parish leaders share what events they host or sponsor during this holy season.
St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito offered the Stations of the Cross in both the morning and evening, and the evening Stations were followed by Benediction.
The Stations of the Cross were accompanied by simple soup meals, or as Father Wayne Campbell at St. Monica Parish in Moraga called these gatherings, "Soup and Stations."
St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek will also include a video, following the simple supper and Stations.
Speaking of simple meals, parishes like St. Stephen in Walnut Creek, St. Agnes Parish in Concord are planning to hold Seder Meals.
Some parishes are presenting the devotion as "Living Stations" with students from the parish schools providing a reenactment. (Eighth graders at All Saints School, Hayward, will do the Living Station three times during Lent while students at St. Isidore School in Danville will do the Living Stations on Holy Thursday).
The Guadelupe Society at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood will do the Living Stations" on Good Friday; St. Stephen Parish in Walnut Creek will present a "Contemporary Stations of the Cross" at 7 p.m. March 26. St. Bede Parish in Hayward will have its Living Stations in Spanish.
Other parishes had have or will have retreats (St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito; fish fries (St. Agnes, Concord).
At St. Margaret Mary in Oakland will take the traditional route and offer Lenten Vespers or Bitter Lamentations every Sunday during Lent.
The youth of Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg, in Pittsburg will present The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ several times beginning at 7 p.m. April 6, at the parish.
The Mystery Players of Salesian High School in Richmond, will recreate a contemplative experience of the passion and death of Jesus Christ at 8 p.m. April 4 at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond, and at 7 p.m. April 11 at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord.
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