Lent is our opportunity to prepare ourselves and to grow deeper in our relationship with God in preparation for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ – His passion, death and resurrection.  During these 40 days, beginning Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter, we are given an opportunity to reflect and transform our connection with Christ.

As St. Teresa of Calcutta shared, “As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”

Let us grow deeper in our love and our relationship with Christ by carrying out the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Fast for Love

Joel 2: 13-13 “Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.”

What are the rules about fasting and abstinence? Why should we perform penance? Why can’t we eat meat on Fridays? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Give Alms

Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever cares for the poor lends to the LORD who will pay back the sum in full.”

Giving up chocolate is nice, but supporting the CRS Rice Bowl program and taking up service adds a whole new dimension to Lent. Explore 25 ways to help others through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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