Lent isn’t just another season. Is isn’t just a time to give up chocolate.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season when Christians are called to deepen their spiritual lives through the practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. The belief is that our consistent participation in these practices — like exercise we do for our physical health — improves our spiritual well-being by stripping away all that is unnecessary and becoming more mindful of how God is working in our lives.

Ash Wednesday (February 26) and Good Friday (April 10) are days of fasting and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. Mouse over the boxes to see the rules for each.

Fasting

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Fasting

is to be observed by all eighteen years of age and older who have not yet celebrated their sixtieth birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence

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Abstinence

is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fasting and abstinence, ask your priest!

Resources for Lent

Stations of the Cross

Fridays at 3:15 & 6:30PM
(excluding March 6)

Evening Prayer

Wednesdays at 6PM
Worship Music & Diving Office

Reconciliation

Thursdays at 11AM
Fridays at 5:30PM
Saturdays at 9:45AM & 3PM

Word on Fire

Bishop Barron’s Lenten Reflections delivered daily to your inbox

Dynamic Catholic

Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever Program

Busted Halo

Busted Halo’s 25 Great Things You Can Do for Lent

Busted Halo

Great Lenten content from Ascension Press

Busted Halo

Stories of hope and the difference your alms make

Small Group Videos