Ash Wednesday

The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. This is a day of fasting and abstinence, meaning that all those aged 14 and above abstain from meat and those 18-59 years of age should also fast, meaning limiting food intake to one full meal and two smaller meals (and no snacking between meals).

Walk In: Ashes may be received anytime from 7 AM – 7 PM in the Gathering Space outside the Oratory. After receiving ashes, you are invited to stay and pray awhile.

Three Days of Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 7 AM on Ash Wednesday and continue round the clock through Friday, Feb. 16 with Stations and Benediction at 7 PM.

Lenten Prayer Opportunities

Stations of the Cross

  • Fridays in Lent:  2 PM and 7 PM (with Benediction) [2 PM on Feb. 23 & March 2 with school children]
  • School Living Stations (Presented by 8th Grade); Monday, March 26 at 1:30 & 2:15 PM
  • Good Friday, March 30: 11 AM (Children’s) & 3 PM (Traditional)

Eucharistic Adoration (takes place in the Oratory, unless there is a service in church)

  • Three Days of Eucharistic Adoration: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 AM through Friday, Feb. 163 at 7 PM (Click the link to sign up) Closes with Stations & Benediction 
  • Fridays in Lent –  9 AM – 7 PM (Click the link to sign up)  Closes with Stations and Benediction at 7 PM 
  • Eucharistic Adoration in Preparation for ALPHA: Sunday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 PM – Monday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 PM (Click the link to sign up)

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confessions: 

  • Tuesdays in Lent at 6:30 PM, Wednesdays and Fridays in Lent at 9 AM
  • Monday, March 19: 3-8 PM
  • Holy Week: Tuesday, March 27 – Friday, March 30 at 9 AM; Tuesday, March 27 & Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM;  Good Friday, March 30, 12:30-2:30 PM

Reconciliation Services:

  • Tuesday, March 13 (with school): 10:30 AM & 1 PM
  • Tuesday, March 13: 7:15 PM
  • Wednesday, March 14: 5 PM

Fasting and Abstinence

The Season of Lent affords us the opportunity to engage in preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter by engaging in works of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The discipline of fasting, that is, “giving up,” allows us to turn our attention from creature comforts and focus on these more spiritual works that lead us to closer union with God and neighbor.

The discipline of abstinence means that one abstains from eating meat and all meat products, including fowl, on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. This applies to persons aged 14 and above. Fridays outside of Lent remains days of penance, but each individual may substitute another penance for the traditional abstinance from meat.