3/23 Lent 2020 Monday Motivation

Despite our adjusted parish offerings we will continue to send a Monday Motivation email each week.  The Community Happenings email has been adjusted to a Coronavirus Update and will be sent on Tuesday mornings.

For more infomration about our parish’s response to the Coronavirus, please visit olcparishrockford.com/coronavirus

This section will only include Lenten Events.  For more events within our parish or surrounding community, please visit the parish website.

In light of the unique time we are all currently facing , Our Lady of Consolation Church wants to ensure that you are receiving the Spiritual Communion you seek. We hope that you are able to remain connected to your parish home while we are apart. Here is some Facebook programming that we are offering until we are able to join together again.

Digital Opportunities:


8:00 am: Liturgy of the Hours and Family Blessing hosted by Dcn. Daniel Orris Jr.
10:00 am: Gospel Reading and Reflection hosted y Fr. Tony, Fr. Andrew, Dcn. Jim or Logan 
Noon: Angelus & Marian Lesson hosted by Josh Hanson
3:00 pm (Monday-Friday only): Divine Mercy chaplet & Live Streamed Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 pm: Rosary & St. Michael Prayer hosted by parishioners, staff and ministry leaders.
9:00 pm: Liturgy of the Hours Night Prayer and Pope Francis’ Prayer for a Pandemic

5:30 pm:
3/23-Monday: Message from Fr. Tony
3/25- Wednesday: Ask & Answer with Fr. Tony & Fr.  Andrew
3/26-Thursday: The Music of Lent with Mary Harkema & Tami Hjelm
3/27- Friday: Stations of the Cross

Church Opportunities:

Sacrament of Reconciliation this week:

Tuesday: 7-8 pm
Thursday: 5-8 pm
Saturday: 3:30-4:30 pm

Please enter into the parish commons and space yourself 6 feet apart from each other.

Church is OPEN for prayer.

The church office is open for private prayer in front of Christ in the tabernacle every day.

Monday – Friday  9 am – 4 pm

Saturday  3 pm – 5 pm

Sunday  9 am – Noon

Song Suggestion

This week’s song suggestion is “Enough” by Barlow Girl

Take time to listen to this song.  How is it speaking to you?

Each week we will offer reflections on one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Cardinal Virtues that accompany them.  Click the image to learn more about each reflection area.

Seven Deadly Sins: SLOTH

Laziness, especially in the things of God. Sloth is a sorrow in the face of spiritual good -it makes you lethargic and want to do nothing. 

  • Do I seek God above all else, or have I put other priorities ahead of him? (e.g. friendships, ambition, comfort and ease)
  • Do I get so caught up in the things of this world that I’ve forgotten God? 
  • Do I risk losing my faith/piety by bad company, bad reading, cowardice, or pride? 
  • Do I trust God, especially in times of difficulty? 
  • Do I attended Mass each and every Sunday? 
  • Do I neglected to say my daily prayers? 
  • Do I entertain distractions in prayer, or fail to give God due concentration in prayer or in the Mass? (Note: Not giving God the effort he deserves in prayer is a sin, but it is not the same thing as involuntary weakness in mental distractions.) 
  • Do I make a prayerful preparation before Mass and a good thanksgiving after Mass?
  • Do I receive Holy Communion while in a state of serious sin?
  • Do I neglect to seek Confession before Holy Communion? 
  • Do I take the Lord’s name in vain or use other foul language? 

My Neighbor: 

  • Am I lazy and slow to help others? 
  • Do I only serve others when it is convenient, pleasurable, or when I am forced to do so? 
  • Have I been attentive to the needs of my neighbor, the needs of my family? 
  • Is my conversation focused on my own pleasure, or on others? 
  • Is my humor insensitive to others? 

My Family: 

  • Do I focus more on myself than on the needs of others? 
  • Do I spend time with my family? 
  • Do I manifest my care and concern for them?
  • Am I forgiving and tolerant of them?
  • Do I scandalize them by a bad or lazy example? 

Punctuality and Discipline:

  • Do I waste other people’s time by being late?
  • Do I sin against God and the congregation by being late for Mass? 
  • Do I neglect to go to sleep on time and allow my curiosity, gaming or other entertainment to determine my schedule? 
  • Do I make good use of my time in service to others, or do I waste time needlessly? E.g. TV or internet? 
  • Do I fail to plan good use of relaxation and recreation, knowing that I need to rest well on order to pray and serve others?

Seven Cardinal Virtues: Diligence

Diligence overcomes the sin of sloth. The virtue of diligence aids us in fulfilling our duties and cultivating a strong work ethic. Sloth draws us in to be lazy in all aspects of our life, physical and spiritual. We should develop our talents and gifts rather than keeping them wrapped up in sloth

Forming Your Faith Series

The Forming Your Faith series for Lent will be included in this Monday Motivation for the remaining weeks in the series.  Click the logo to the right to view this weeks video.

This week’s video:

Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained
The Holy Spirit & the Life of Grace: God’s Divine Life Within Us


Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Spirit work in our lives and in the life of the Church? Why is it so important that we know and love him?


Faithful Lord, your heart was broken for us. Stay close to us with your care and compassion, especially when our hearts are broken and our spirits are crushed. Amen.

Duchow, Gil.  The Saving Passion Lenten Devotions. The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and Creative Communications for the Parish. 2019.

Ignoring the Poor

MATTHEW 21:33-43, 45-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he lease it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,

But they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,

‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” They answered him, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:

‘The stone that the builders rejected

Has become the cornerstone;

By the Lord has this been done,

And it is wonderful in our eyes’?

Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

Friends, just before his Passion, Jesus tells the striking story that is our Gospel for today. The fertile vineyard stands for Israel, his chosen people. But it could be broadened out to include the world. What do we learn from this beautiful image? That God has made for his people a place where they can find rest, enjoyment, good work.

We – Israel, the Church, the world – are not the owners of this vineyard; we are the tenants. One of the most fundamental spiritual mistakes we can make is to this that we own the world. We are tenants, entrusted with the responsibility of caring for it, but everything that we have and are in on loan. Our lives are not about us.

Christ is God’s judgement. We are all under his judgement. In the measure that we kill him, refuse to listen to him, we place our tenancy in jeopardy.

And so the great question that arises from this reading: “How am I using the gifts that God gave me for God’s purposes? My money? My time? My talents? My creativity? My relationships?” All is for God, and this all is under God’s judgement.