Season of Lent

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19).

Pope Francis

Archbishop Cupich’s Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Lord, When we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at Easter, we affirm the center of our faith and we renew our hope...

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Via Crucis

Good Friday, March 25, marks the day Catholics remember Christ’s suffering and death with special Stations of the Cross devotions, including outdoor processions of the living stations and veneration of the cross.

Resources for the Lent Season

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

CRS Rice bowl is an annual Lenten program created for parishes and schools to engage in global solidarity, raising funds for CRS' international work, but more importantly, learning about and praying for people all over the world.

Lentsanity

Lent reflections, resources, articles and a mobile app, from Focus.org, an online Catholic college outreach blog.

Events for the Lent Season

Articles from Catholic New World and Católico

Lenten Email Retreats

  • Kolbe House Jail Ministry 2016 Email Lent Retreat – Begins February 12 Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry of Archdiocese of Chicago, invites Catholics to participate in a Lenten email retreat. Every Friday during Lent, participants receive an email from Kolbe House that contains a short personal experience and scriptural reflection for the coming week. A daily prayer and Lenten practices for the week are also suggested.
  • Best Lent Ever - Matthew Kelly's Free Daily Lenten Email Program

Lenten Services

Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission Lenten Services in Polish

  • Friday, March 4
  • 8 a.m. - Mass
  • 8:30 a.m. - Stations of the Cross (and every Friday during Lent)
  • 9 a.m. - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation until
    7 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 (24 hours)
  • 3 p.m. - Divine Mercy Devotions (and every Friday during the Jubilee
    of Mercy)
  • 7 p.m. - Stations of the Cross (and every Friday during Lent)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Mass
  • Link: www.cystersichicago.net

St. Ferdinand Parish Lenten Services

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, until
    7 a.m. on Saturday, March 5
  • Eucharistic Adoration - Every Thursday following the 8 a.m. Mass
    until 6:45 p.m.
  • Stations of the Cross in English - 6 p.m. (every Friday during Lent)
  • Stations of the Cross in Polish - 7 p.m. (every Friday during Lent)
  • Lenten Lamentation in Polish - 6:15 p.m. (every Sunday during Lent)
  • Link: www.stferdinandchurch.com

Holy Week Services

HOLY WEEK

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Holy Week is observed by Catholics as a time to commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through various liturgies, including the special liturgies during the Paschal Triduum.

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the three days before Easter with special services that will include:

  • Holy Thursday – the evening Mass of The Lord’s Supper will include the ritual washing of feet that recalls Jesus washing the feet of his apostles, followed by Eucharistic processions with evening adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that continues throughout the night.
  • Good Friday – special Way of the Cross devotions, including outdoor processions of the living stations and veneration of the cross.
  • Holy Saturday – evening liturgical celebrations that include solemn blessing of the Easter water with the chanting of the Litany of Saints, baptism of new members, and the blessing and lighting of the Easter Candle from within a darkened church, and the celebration in the late evening hours of the Easter Vigil Mass.
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2:30 p.m.
    Chrism Mass and Blessing of Holy Oils with Archbishop Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral

  • Thursday, March 24, 5:15 p.m.
    Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Archbishop Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral

  • Friday, March 25, 5:15 p.m.
    Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion with Archbishop Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral

  • Saturday, March 26, 1:15 p.m.
    Blessing of Easter Baskets at with Archbishop Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral

  • Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.
    Easter Vigil Mass with Rite of Christian Initiation with Archbishop Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral

  • Sunday, March 27, 11 a.m.
    Easter Sunday Mass at St. Ailbe Parish with Archbishop Cupich

Easter 2016