Our observance of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, March 6. 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, both personal and in communion with others, 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.
In many places, Ash Wednesday Masses are the most well-attended services of the year and it’s not even a holy day of obligation. Read “Why Ashes?”, a reflection from Father Larry Rice, for a possible reason why.
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.
Guidelines for fasting and abstinence (English | Español)
Pope Francis’ Lenten Message (multilingual)
The Light Is On For You: An Evening of Penance – March 27, 5-8 p.m.
Rediscover God’s grace and merciful love through the sacrament of reconciliation. On March 27, a majority of the churches of the Diocese of Grand Rapids will have a priest(s) available from 5 – 8 p.m. to hear confessions. Confession is available year-round in our churches, but 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. Click here for details including a list of participating churches.
Spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Find adoration times in our churches.
Lenten Fish Fries & Soup Suppers. View the list on Catholic Event Finder.
If your parish, school, or Knights of Columbus fish fry isn’t listed on our calendar, please send details to email@example.com.
Lent is a time of conversion, read:
Six ways to evangelize during Lent (USCCB)
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.