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Resources for your Lenten journey

Photo of young adult receiving ashes during Ash Wednesday MassThe Season of Lent

Our observance of Lent which began on Ash Wednesday, March 1, is a time of grace, renewal and conversion. During Lent, we are called by the Gospel to prayer, reconciliation and almsgiving and by the Church to fasting and abstinence; worship, both personal and in communion with others, and works of mercy.

Mass & Reconciliation Times in our Parishes

View the parish list on our website to locate and contact a parish near you for Mass and reconciliation times during Lent and Holy Week. 

Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Messages & Homilies


 Bishop Walkowiak's 2017 Lenten Message


Pope Francis writes in his 2017 Lenten message: "May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ, [Who is] present in our brothers and sisters in need." 
Read Pope Francis' 2017 Lenten message (English | Español | Additional languages) (The Vatican) 

Ash Wednesday

During the celebration of Mass on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes our dependence upon God's mercy and forgiveness. The season of Lent lasts approximately 40 days and leads us into the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. During Lent, Catholics in the United States abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. They fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 
Guidelines for fasting and abstinence (English | Español)
An Illustrated Guide to fasting and abstinence (Focus)

Lenten Fish Fries & Soup Suppers

View a list of fish fries and soup suppers in our diocese

Lenten Recipes

Lenten meal ideas from Catholic Spirit (Pinterest) 

The Light Is ON For You: An Evening of Penance - March 16, 5-8 p.m.

Rediscover God's grace and merciful love through the sacrament of reconciliation. There is no better way to prepare our hearts for our risen Lord, then to take advantage of this sacrament!




Lenten Enrichment

Find events to enrich your faith on our Catholic Event Finder calendar
Prayer and reflection during Lent
Increase your prayer time during Lent by taking part in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, joining in a Lenten retreat, reflecting on the Scriptures and praying for others' needs.
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Loyola PressWord on Fire/Bishop Barron (English & en Español) | Dynamic Catholic
Scriptural Stations of the Cross - (English | Español)
Catholic Information Center (Lent 2017 Programs | Visit the CIC website
Almsgiving: Sharing the gifts with which we are blessed
Share what you've been given with those in need through the Catholic Services Appeal and special collections during Lent including the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) collection and CRS Rice Bowl.

CRS Rice Bowl

Bishop Walkowiak's letter to parishioners (English | Español)
Through CRS Rice Bowl, Catholics put their faith into action. For more than 40 years, a simple cardboard box has inspired prayers, fasting and almsgiving. Instead of giving up something, through CRS Rice Bowl we receive a gift—a way to interact and fully appreciate the lives and experiences of the poorest among us.
Rather than give up, why not take up?
If you're giving up something for Lent, that's great. But think also about the possibility of doing something positive to bolster your spiritual life and make the world a better place. Look for ways that you can increase your knowledge of your faith, strengthen your spiritual life or perform special acts of mercy and kindness at home, at work, in your parish or in your community. (from OSV)

Additional Resources

Becoming Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Praying Lent (Creighton University)
Guide to a Catholic Lent (Our Sunday Visitor)