Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. At Mass on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes our dependence upon God's mercy and forgiveness. This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally — not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
In addition, Lent is about more than these individual practices. As Catholics we are all responsible to "hand on the faith" through our actions as witnessed by those who are joining us through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. For more information about RCIA, please click here.
He is Waiting, a new Lenten initiative of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, invites Catholics who have been away from Confession to find Jesus waiting for them with arms outstretched in mercy and forgiveness. Click here to learn more.
As part of the Synod preparation, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has daily reflections for this Season of Lent. Click here to view.
Many parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee hold great fish frys during Lent. To find a parish fish fry near you, please click here.