When did Lent begin?
Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. The austerity of the Lenten season was seen as similar to how people in the Old Testament fasted and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Esther 4:1-3; Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3).
What exactly is Lent?
Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast was established in the 4th century as 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays).
Why should I observe Lent?
Fasting can be a good thing, and God is pleased when we repent of sinful habits. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting aside some time to focus on Jesus' death and resurrection. However, repenting of sin is something we should be doing every day of the year, not just for the 46 days of Lent.
If a Christian wishes to observe Lent, he is free to do so. The key is to focus on repenting of sin and consecrating oneself to God. Lent should not be a time of boasting of one’s sacrifice or trying to earn God's favor or increasing His love. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is.
Am I earning blessings from God?
Over the centuries Lenten observances have developed a much more "sacramental" value. Many Catholics believe that giving something up for Lent is a way to attain God’s blessing. But the Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned; grace is “the gift of righteousness” (Romans 5:17). Also, Jesus taught that fasting should be done discreetly: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen” (Matthew 6:16-18).
How do I observe Lent?
During Lent, participants eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ. One may also add a habit to his daily routine (reading the Bible, doing acts of kindness, etc) that brings him closer to God. Lent is also a wonderful time to revisit the sacrament of Reconciliation, to repent, to free ourselves of sin, and to draw closer to God.
Reconciliation Times during Lent
Thursdays 7:45-8:10 am
Saturdays 4:00-4:20 pm
Sundays 8:15-8:35 am
March 4 2:30-4:30 pm (The Light is ON for YOU)
March 17 6:00-8:00 pm
30 minutes before each Mass
Saturdays 4:00-4:45 pm
March 4 3:00-5:00 pm (The Light is ON for YOU)
Sts. Peter and Paul
Mondays 5:30-6:10 pm
Fridays 7:30-7:55 am
Saturdays 8:30-9:30 am, 5:15-5:30 pm
March 4 4:00-6:00 pm (The Light is ON for YOU)
March 12 5:00-5:50 pm
March 14 5:30-6:10 pm, 7:00-8:00 pm
March 19 5:00-5:50 pm
March 21 5:30-6:10 pm, 7:00-8:00 pm
Make this a meaningful time by including some of the following activities and readings into your routine.
Fr. Dusty Burns has put together a series of short reflection videos for the Lenten season. Use these videos to help you journey through Lent.
The weeks of Lent remind us to set aside some of the hectic busy-ness of the earthly world and to quietly reflect on the promise of eternal life with God, because of the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins. Try the following meditations to help you experience Christ's love more deeply.