Lenten Small Groups

We are launching a Lenten campaign at St. Jude of the Lake encouraging all adults to meet in regular small groups during the season of Lent.

Fr. Chad is asking all adults to think of 3-5 friends with whom you could gather weekly for some fellowship and faith sharing.

Below are some resources to get you started. The “Blessed is She” devotionals can be purchased by clicking the link below. The “Little Black Book” is for the combination groups and will be passed out after Masses on Ash Wednesday.

Think about Who the Lord is calling you to group up with this Lent! Groups can be all men, or all women, or a combination. Great things happen when we share and grow in our faith in Jesus with our friends and family members!

Here are some options that you can have as topics for your Small Group this Lent. 
  • Blessed is She Lenten devotionals (purchase below)
  • The Little Black Book (get yours after Mass on Ash Wednesday)
  • Catholic Market
  • Ave Maria Press
  • The Chosen
Links to resources for Lent:

Click here to purchase your devotional of choice.

For Women: All She Had
For Men: Born of Fire
For Kids: All You Had

Small Group Sample Schedule and pointers

In all reality, you can make your small group time as short or as long as you want, but always have a set time in place. The following sample schedule is simply a helpful example of what you can potentially do in a half-hour time frame. However, for many small group experiences, having a set time in place and an organic discussion is the best way to grow. Hopefully growing in openness and closeness with the people you’ve chosen to walk with this Lenten season and hopefully beyond.  


Sample Schedule

9:00 am: Meet and Check-in 

  • Grab your coffee (tea, water, whatever… Get comfortable and create an inviting environment).
  • A “Check-in” consists of sharing your highs and lows of the week. What was really difficult or stressful about the week? What gave you joy and life this week? There doesn’t have to be a “low” but there is always a “high”!

9:10: Use the resources that you’ve chosen from the St. Jude website to lead your topic of discussion. You can also use the following questions that can be helpful on your Lenten journey:

  • What does it mean to be in a relationship with someone?
  • What does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus?
  • How can I grow in my relationship with Jesus? Do I want to?

9:25: End in a prayer 

  • This can be offering others intentions for the week
  • A novena or specific prayer you’ve chosen for your group
  • Just some form of prayer as long as you’re offering your group to the Lord and for the plans, he has for you.

Other topics of Discussion can be:

  • Who am I ?
  • Do I rejoice in who I am?
  • How meaningful is my life?
  • How real is God for me?
  • What is God’s plan for me?
  • How open am I to God’s plan for me?


Feel free to ask more questions that come to mind and let the Holy Spirit guide you in discussion. You do not have to go question by question, but it’s best for the group to come together and be open and grow in relationship with those in your group and especially grow in relationship with the Lord. 

Lenten Schedule

Ash Wednesday , March 2

6:30 am Mass
9:15 am School Mass (Masks required, balcony seating only)
6:00 pm Mass

Noon – Ash service (30 minutes – distribution of ashes only).

Fridays, 7:45 am – 8:45 am
Saturdays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Holy Thursday, April 14
7:00 am – 8:00 am

Good Friday, April 15
7:00 am – 8:30 am

Parish Reconciliation 
Tuesday, March 8th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Healing Mass with
Anointing of the Sick

Tuesday, March 15th
6:00 pm (confessions 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm


Sunday, April 3rd
7:00 – 7:30 pm

Candlelight Mass in honor of St. Joseph

Wednesday, March 16th
6:30 am

Praise & Worship Masses

March 27th & April 24th
11:00 am

All-day Adoration & Stations of the Cross each Friday.

March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8 10:00 am
Note: Adoration will go right up to
Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm.

Holy Thursday, April 14

Confession 7:00 – 8:00 am

Morning Prayer 8:30

The Lord’s Supper 7:00 pm (with incense)

Good Friday, April 15
Confession 7:00 – 8:00 am

Morning Prayer 8:30 am

Living Stations of the Cross 3:30 pm (church)

Veneration of the Cross 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday, April 16
9:00 am Morning Prayer
followed by Blessing of Easter Food

Easter Vigil Mass 8:30 pm (with incense)

Easter Sunday, April 17
Mass 9:00 am (with incense) & 11:00 am
with overflow in Kohler Hall.