Our observance of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. Lent is a time of grace, renewal and conversion; a time when we are called by the Gospel to the penitential practices of prayer, reconciliation and almsgiving. In addition, we are called by the Church to fasting and abstinence; worship, and works of mercy. Throughout the season of Lent, which lasts approximately 40 days, all of these actions prepare us for the celebration of Holy Week and Easter during which we recall Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.
View photos: Ash Wednesday Mass with Bishop Walkowiak (Flickr)
Fasting and abstinence during Lent
During Lent, Catholics in the United States abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. In addition, we fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Click the links below for additional details:
Guidelines for fasting and abstinence (English | Español)
Read Pope Francis’ Lent 2020 Message (multilingual, Vatican website)
In our diocese:
Watch LIVE: Sunday 10 a.m. Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on TV on WXMI Fox17, on Facebook or on our website.
Recording of Mass: Watch a recording of last Sunday’s Mass
Visit the Cathedral of Saint Andrew website
Calendar of classes, activities and spiritual enrichment – NOTE: Due to COVID-19, classes, activities and enrichment are temporarily suspended, according to diocesan guidelines released by Bishop Walkowiak.
Experience the healing love of Christ in the sacrament of reconciliation: Thursday, March 26, 5-8 p.m.
Rediscover God’s grace and merciful love through the sacrament of reconciliation. Confession is available year-round in our churches, and the season of Lent by its penitential nature is an opportune time for anyone seeking forgiveness to restore and renew their relationship with Jesus through the sacrament of penance.
Individual confession in the majority of our churches will remain available on the evening of Thursday, March 26 from 5-8 p.m. as previously scheduled with due precautions being taken. Confessions should not take place in the confessional and should be set up in the main church with background music to protect privacy.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, opportunities for adoration in the diocese have been temporarily suspended, according to diocesan guidelines released by Bishop Walkowiak.
Eucharistic adoration LIVE online, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET (EWTN)
Fish Fry and Lenten Meal Guide
NOTE: In order to comply with the most recent COVID-19 guidelines for parishes and schools in the diocese, many parishes and schools have decided on a take-out or drive-thru only approach for fish fries. Some have canceled fish fries/Lenten meals for the remainder of Lent, so please contact the parish or school ahead of time to confirm.
CRS Rice Bowl
Through CRS Rice Bowl, we share the journey with members of our human family around the world, and commit our Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving to deepening our faith and serving those in need. Pick up a rice bowl in your parish, or order one for free online, and share what you’ve been given with those in need through CRS Rice Bowl.