Youth Group members are using a ‘Lenten Micro Practices’ booklet for Lent’s 40 days. Each day comes with an assignment to apply the lesson throughout the day. At the end of each day YG members go through a five-point checklist written by St. Ignatius Loyola more than 400 years ago. The checklist is a daily guide to review the day and prepare for the next:

1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.

Mrs. Patti said: “This season is my favorite of the church year. It makes me slow down. It’s like a spring cleaning for the soul. Tonight we’ll each place the mark of the cross on our own foreheads. This cross recalls our baptism and reminds us that we belong to God and that we are marked as Christ’s own forever.”

She added, “As you go through Lent, think of something you can clean up in your life. Maybe it’s who you follow on social media, who you have in your contacts or emails. If there’s someone who is not good or healthy for you to be around, unfollow or delete them. Maybe you need to reach out to someone and clear the air with them.”

The group closed with this prayer: “God of all mercy, you love all that you have made. You forgive the sins of all who are truly sorry. Create and make  in us clean hearts, that we, humbly confessing our sins and knowing our brokenness may receive forgiveness and blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”