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The Season of Lent

The Season of Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday to the days of Holy Week and into the Feast of Easter.  In 2017, we begin with Ash Wednesday on March 1st and celebrate Easter on April 15th.  In between, we are engaged in a faith journey that finds focus in reflection, repentance, and re-formation.  This is a season, when you are invited to examine your life and make changes that will draw you closer to God, all within the context of prayer.


Ash Wednesday, March 1st

The Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist are celebrated at 6 pm at St. Andrew’s, Bridgeton.  Some of our members have been involved in Ashes-to-Go, a contemporary effort to carry the message of repentance and new life out of the church and into the community. 


Lenten Meditations 2017 (Episcopal Relief & Development). 

These booklets of daily reflections for the season of Lent are set in the context of international service.  Free Lenten Meditations booklets are avilable at church.  Find our more about Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD).


Lent Madness 2017 ~ Saintly Scorecard. 

This is a fun way to find out more about the saints and to keep Lent in company with other Lent-Madness followers throughout the world.  Free Saintly Scorecard booklets are available at church.  An on-line complement to the hard-copy version is available.


5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ's Own

is a discipleship offering inspired by the Anglican Marks of Mission. This series has been created through a partnership of the Society of St John the Evanglist (SSJE) and the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) of Virginia Theological Seminary.

This six-week series invites you to examine and reflect on the ways in which God's Life and God's Mission express themselves in and through us. 

5 Marks of Love workbooks are available in hard-copy at church without cost. 

You can also access a variety of support on-line...

subscribe to the video series

receive a daily email with a mobile-ready video and a question

watch the video each day, and take time to reflect on the question it poses.  You may want to use a journal to record your thoughts

Share your thoughts, using #5marksoflove on your preferred social media site.


Lent is a season of study and reflection

The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Mondays,11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Mar 13, 20, 27, and Apr 3; at Trinity, Vineland.  The book for discussion is Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A story of justice and redemption (NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2015). 

From the book jacket:

From one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time comes an unforgettable true story about the redeeming potential of mercy.  Bryan Stevenson was a gifted young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system.  One of his first cases was that of Walter McMilllian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he didn't commit.  The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Books can be ordered on-line or from Rev Ellen, $12 each.  Guests and friends are welcome to join the group.



Lenten Wednesday Evenings

Lenten Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, are a time of worship, study, and fellowship.  The Wednesday evening schedule:

6pm  Holy Eucharist in the Chapel at St. John Bosco, Millville

        followed by Covered Dish Supper in the Hall.  You are encouraged to bring a healthy dish to serve 4-6 people.  No meat and no sweets, please, to honor with the Lenten discipline of fasting.



March 8     What does Jesus say about money?

                      The Parable of the Rich Young Man

                      Stewardship as spiritual practice


March 15   What does contemporary society say about money?

                      My personal relationship with money

                      Hopes and fears about money


March 22   Is there enough?

                      God’s bounty & our fear of scarcity

                      Money management as spiritual practice


March 29   What’s thanks-giving all about?

                      Gratitude as a way of life

                      Writing a Chapter of your Rule of Life on money


April 5th     How does giving impact ourselves and others?

                      Personal and congregational giving               

                      Philanthropy as spiritual practice                          


Quiet Retreat Morning

Make an appointment with yourself to take time for quiet this Lent.  Set aside Sat, April 1, 9:30 am ‘till 12 noon, at St Andrew's, Bridgeton, as a time to rest and re-create yourself in the presence of God and in the company of others.  No experience necessary.



Palm Sunday ~ Holy Week ~ Easter Day service schedule

Worship services this week begin with the Palm Sunday liturgy...


Palm Sunday, April 9, 10 am  Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at St John Bosco, Millville




Wednesday in Holy Week, April 12, 6pm ~ Tenebrae "Service of Shadows"

at the Chapel, St. John Bosco, Millville

The name Tenebrae (the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastsic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evening.  Through Scripture reading and silence and the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church, we enter the intensity of the Liturgy of this Holy Week.








Maundy Thursday, April 13, 6 pm  Foot-Washing, Holy Eucharist, & Stripping of the Altar at St John Bosco Church, Millville


Good Friday, April 14, 12 noon Liturgy of the Day at St. Andrew’s, Bridgeton, & 6 pm Liturgy of the Day at St John Bosco, Millville


Easter Eve, April 15, 7:30 pm  Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter at St John Bosco, Millville


Easter Day, March 27, 10 am  Holy Eucharist at St John Bosco, Millville