3/30 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 and additional faith opportunities during this time, please visit olcparishrockford.com/coronavirus

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 (Tuesday-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
9:30 pm: Praise & Worship Music with Dave & Nicole Doppel

5:30 pm:
3/30-Monday: Message from Fr. Tony
3/31-Thursday: The Music of Lent with Mary Harkema & Tami Hjelm
4/3- Friday: Stations of the Cross

Church Opportunities:

Sacrament of Reconciliation this week:

Tuesday: 7-8 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 private 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 “Hold my Heart” by Tenth Ave North

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: ANGER

Anger is undue desire for vengeance -undue in cause or in amount.
  • Do I harbor resentment, grudges, and hatred in my thoughts?
  • Do I nurture imaginary angry conversations?
  •  Am I slow to forgive?
  • Do I lose my temper?
  • Do I easily get frustrated with people?
  • Do people easily get on my nerves?


  •  How do I carry my cross?
  • Am I impatient or frustrated with people, family, events, sufferings, sicknesses?

Seven Cardinal Virtues: MEEKNESS

Meekness overcomes the sin of anger. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the world”. When He was confronted by angry crowds who wanted to torture and kill him, he prayed for them. How often do we become upset and consumed by trivial matters? Use Christ as your model, control your anger and resentment and cultivate patience through this virtue.


Lord Jesus, transform our burdens into opportunities for sharing your love and kindness and forgiveness, wherever you may lead up. Amen.

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

How to pray

MATTHEW 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name,
Thy Kingdom come,
They will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
As lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.”

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Friends, the Gospel for today is of great significance, for in it the Son of God teaches us to pray. We hear from not just a guru, a spiritual teacher, or a religious genius, but from the very Son of God. This is why the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer, is the model of all prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer for the Christian journey that has been offered up consistently for the past two thousand years. Think for a moment how this prayer links us to all of the great figured in Christian history, from Peter and Paul to Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, John Paul II, and right up to the present day.

Keep in mind that prayer is not designed to change God’s mind or to tell God something he doesn’t know. God isn’t like a big city boss or a reluctant pasha whom we have to persuade. Rather, he is the one who wants nothing other than to give us good things – though they might not always be the things we want.

Reflect: Pray the Lord’s prayer slowly. What word or phrase stands out? Meditate on that word or phrase as an additional prayer.