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Lent

Prayer  ▪  Fasting  ▪  Almsgiving

Lent

As disciples of Christ, we are called during Lent to dedicate ourselves to prayer and scripture, service (also called almsgiving), and sacrifice in the form of self-examination and fasting. May your Lenten journey bear much fruit and bring you closer to Our Lord, and may you be a bright lamp (Matthew 5:14-16) for your family and your community.

This year, Lent begins on February 17, and continues until Easter Sunday on April 4.

  • Ash Wednesday: February 17, 2021
  • Holy Thursday: April 1, 2021
  • Good Friday: April 2, 2021
  • Easter: April 4, 2021

Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI