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2017 Lenten Events

Don't miss these special Lenten Events at Holy Infant! Mark your calendars for the Parish Mission with Frank Runyeon, Lenten Small Groups and the DeSales Lenten Retreat!

March 3rd and 4th  |  Parish Mission with Emmy Award-winning Actor Frank Runyeon

Start the Lenten season by attending our Parish Mission! It will not be your typical mission! Everyone is debating the influence of the media today, but few are speaking a language that captures the attention of youth and adults, sheds new light, and ignites laughter. Frank Runyeon promises to do that at our Parish Lenten Mission on Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th. Admission is free. There will be a Free Will Offertory collection. 

Friday, March 3 at 7pm | Luke: Stories on the Road 

In an evening that is both entertaining and eye-opening, Runyeon performs the famous parables in Luke's travel narrative, and then pauses to reflect on how we hear each story--and miss what it is really saying.

Saturday, March 4 at 7pm | Sermon on the Mount followed by HOLLYWOOD vs. FAITH: The other three beatitudes 

Runyeon sets the famous Sermon in a revealing new setting: as told by the apostle Matthew to the church in Antioch, shortly after the Roman army has burned Jerusalem to the ground.

...followed by HOLLYWOOD vs. FAITH: The other three beatitudes

Frank discusses, with humor, the very different beatitudes the media are teaching us, and the choices we face daily as Americans and as people of faith.


Starting March 1 | Lenten Small Groups 

Join a small group for Lent!

PRAYER – Our Deepest Longing (Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.)
In Prayer: Our Deepest Longing, you are invited to explore the richness of prayer and develop a new approach to praying, one that fully engages our hearts and the spirit of God alive in us. Whether you are serious about prayer or simply curious about how to get started praying from the heart, this study is for you. 

The book is divided into five sections. Why Pray? Illustrates the purposes and benefits of prayer for ourselves, as well as for the broader Catholic community and even the world. Why Is It so Hard? Notes how our contemporary culture conspires against taking time out for solitude and prayer, and how our own ego—with its fears, restlessness, and narcissism—can work against developing a deeper relationship with God through prayer. What Is Prayer? Outlines the two basic types of prayer, that is, affective (personal) and priestly (for the world). Describes the many ways or methods for each type of prayer, such as meditation, contemplation, the divine office, the Mass, and Scripture. Sticking with It. This section covers the development of mature prayer, discussing ways to pray in times of boredom, disillusionment, crisis, helplessness, or after a loved one’s death. Mysticism. Here we learn about this increasingly popular form of intimate relationship with God.

Groups will begin meeting the week of March 1st and will meet at various times. Copies of the book are available for purchase ($8) or can be purchased separately by the participant as a hard copy or e-reader version. Study guides will be provided.

Sign up in the Atrium or online.


March 29 - April 1 | DeSale Lenten Service Retreat 

The retreat - held Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, April 1 - will be rooted in the core teaching of St. Francis de Sales and include direct service, facilitated reflection, and prayer.

St Francis deSales said, "Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily." Take the opportunity to notice the opportunities to serve God in the Durham community with the Holy Infant DeSales Lenten Retreat.

The DeSales Lenten Service Retreat is the perfect opportunity to step back from everyday life, reflect, pray and serve people in need. The retreat will be rooted in the core teaching of St. Francis de Sales and include direct service, facilitated reflection, and prayer. Most events will take place Thursday and Friday evening and all day Saturday. Participants will work with Families Moving Forward to complete a service opportunity directly benefiting families in need in and around Durham. 

Contact Lea Chiquito to register / 919.361.9595 or