The season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 26th, and ends prior to the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, April 9th, when the Easter Triduum begins. Lent is the principal penitential season of the Church year. All the Christian faithful are urged to develop and maintain a voluntary program of self-denial (in addition to the Lenten regulations which follow), serious prayer (addition of daily Mass when and if possible, Scripture reading, Stations of the Cross, and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, etc.), and the performing of deeds of charity and mercy, including the giving of alms (increased attention to the needs of our brothers and sisters).
Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, each Friday in Lent, and on Good Friday. Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to abstaining from meat, should fast, i.e., eat only one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Small quantities of food may be taken at two other meals but no food should be consumed at any other time during those two days. Liquids do not break the fast and nourishment needed for special needs (such as illness or pregnancy) should always be taken. The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one's 59th birthday.
Mass can be viewed through live stream on our Facebook page at 7:00am every day. The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered daily in the Cathedral church from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.
Lenten Almsgiving Collections
In following our past practice of almsgiving during Lent, a second collection will be taken up each Sunday. Collections this year will be as follows: Ash Wednesday, February 26th - Church in Eastern Europe; March 1st - St. Martin de Porres Center; March 8th - Catholic Charities; March 15th - Helping Hands of Springﬁeld; March 22nd - Catholic Relief Services; March 29th - The Pregnancy Care Center; April 5th - Cathedral Parish Student Assistance for Catholic Education
Below you will find additional resources to assist you on your Lenten journey. Please continue to check back to this page, as resources will continuously be added throughout this Lenten Season.
Join Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic team in the BEST LENT EVER, which is all about how the saints are ready to help you create holy moments and become the best version of yourself! Every day, you'll receive an email with a short video; it's free and easy to sign up!
Join Maryknoll for prayer this Lent! The Lenten Reflection Guide for 2020 from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is now available. The theme for this year's guide is the call to ecological conversion. In this guide, we offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week's scripture readings in light of the theme of ecological conversion. The guide begins Ash Wednesday, February 26, and offers weekly reflections through Palm Sunday, April 5. Use this guide individually or in small groups to reflect up on your life patterns, to pray more deeply, and to renew your spirit to face the realities of our world.
I AM, Chris Stefanick's' 30-day online coaching program, will help you identify the lies that keep you from the life you were made for, and teach you how to replace those lies with truth from Scripture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the love God has for you, get practical tools to battle the enemy's lies, and transform your life, relationships, and future as you walk in the freedom of your true identity!
With insightful reflections, Fr. Greg Friedman offers daily inspiration during this season of repentance, forgiveness, and hope. Connect and pray with the Church's most beloved saints and holy people-Thomas Merton, Francis, Clare, Damien of Molokai, Teresa of Calcutta, and Gianna Molla, to name a few!
Pray with Scripture, Meet God is a prayer resource written by the staff at the Catherine of Siena Institute, designed to be used by individuals or groups. It uses a simple method inspired by lectio divina to guide the user in an encounter with God in Scripture.
the faith; and non-believers don't value Christianity as having been at the forefront of the arts throughout the centuries, responsible for creating some of the most magnificent artworks out there. Christian Art Today offers an exciting way to look at art thru the lens of Christian spirituality. Their offering is simple: one newsletter a day where they simply send you the Gospel reading of the day, alongside a work of art that they believe is poignant, reflective and appropriate to that reading.