Our observance of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 22. While not a holy day of obligation, Ash Wednesday Mass is a beautiful way to begin the season. 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.

Mass, adoration, confession, Stations of the Cross:

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Lenten Daily Reflections

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 details:
Guidelines for fasting and abstinence (English | Español)

Across our Diocese

Fish Fry and Lenten Meal Guide

Fish Fry and Lenten Meal Guide

Click the link above to visit our guide with a list of fish fries and lenten meals offered around the diocese. If your parish, school, or Knights of Columbus fish fry or soup supper isn’t listed, please email [email protected].

Eucharistic Adoration

image of a monstrance, Adoration in our parishes

Adoration schedules in our parishes

The Light Is On For You: An Evening of Penance (in most churches) – Thursday, March 23, 5-8 p.m.

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View the list of participating churches

Rediscover God’s grace and merciful love through the sacrament of reconciliation. 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. In addition to the evening of penance on March 23, confession is available year-round in our churches.

Contact your parish or find a church near you to confirm participation on March 23 and for weekly reconciliation schedules.

Minor changes to Order of Penance take place this Lent (Details)

Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Holy Week at the Cathedral

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Lenten/winter enrichment and activities at the:
Catholic Information Center | Franciscan Life Process Center | Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization |
Saint Benedict Institute | Other events around the diocese

Pray with God’s Word this Lent:

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USCCB Daily Lent Calendar (bilingual)

From the Vatican

Read Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2023 (English | Español)
Pope’s Holy Week 2023 Schedule – coming soon!

CRS Rice Bowl

Young girl in pink with CRS Rice Bowl logo

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 church, or order for free online, and share what you’ve been given with those in need through CRS Rice Bowl.

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners (English | Español)
Additional Rice Bowl Resources
Download the app! | Daily reflections | Family activities | Lenten Recipes

Additional Resources for Lent

Praying through Lent
Scriptural Stations of the Cross – (English | Español)

Five Bible verses for Lent (Catholic Digest)

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has produced Adapted Faith Formation Activities for use at home or in a parish setting during Lent. Click here for resources | Stations of the Cross video production (Diocese of Madison’s Apostolate for Person’s with Disabilities)

Daily Lenten reflections from:
Creighton Online MinistriesDynamic Catholic | Loyola Press | Word on Fire/Bishop Barron (English & en Español)