Lenten Schedule

The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday with the celebration of the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. The Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. For catechumens, this takes place through the several stages of Christian initiation. For the faithful, this takes place through reminders of their own baptism and through penitential practices.  Please check the Parish Bulletin and the Parish Website for additional information for our Parish observance of Lent.

  • COLLECTION OF OLD BLESSED PALM

You are invited to bring your old blessed palm to church on Sunday,  February 12 and Sunday, February 19. Please place it in the baskets near the sanctuary.  This palm will be burned for the ashes for Ash Wednesday.  You may also reverently dispose of your blessed palm by burning it and burying it at home.

  • ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT AND FASTING DURING LENT

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as a minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.  Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.  Keeping a voluntary fast throughout Lent is encouraged on the part of all.

  • RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS

The description and schedule of the Lenten Rites for the Elect (catechumens) and Candidates for the Easter Sacraments will be announced in the Parish Bulletin all throughout Lent.  These rites will take place at the Saturday evening 5:15 PM Anticipated Mass for Sunday and at the Sunday 11:00 AM Solemn Mass.

  • ASH WEDNESDAY, February  22, 2023

Blessed Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses.  Mass will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday at:

    • 7:15 AM (Cathedral Chapel)
    • 12:05 PM (Cathedral Basilica)
    • 5:15 PM (Cathedral Basilica)

In addition to the celebration of Mass with the distribution of Ashes, there will be Celebrations of the Word of God and the distribution of Ashes in the hospitals and nursing facilities within the parish boundaries on Ash Wednesday.

  • THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION WILL BE AVAILABLE
    • Sundays at 9:00 AM (Basilica), 12:00 Noon in Spanish (Chapel), and 5:30 PM (Basilica).
    • Weekdays at 11:30 AM (Basilica)
    • Saturdays at 4:15 PM (Basilica)
  • THE WAY OF THE CROSS
    • Each Friday of Lent immediately following the 12:05 PM Mass in the Cathedral Chapel.
    • Via Crucis (Estaciones de la Cruz) todos los domingos despues de la Misa de las 12:30 pm, en la Basilica.
      • The Way of the Cross in Spanish, will also take place each Sunday of Lent in the Basilica following the 12:30 PM Mass.
  • OPERATION RICE BOWL

By eating one simple meal weekly and placing your savings into the Rice Bowl, you will be joining yourself in solidarity with all who have so little to live on and helping to reach out to assist them throughout the world and here in the Archdiocese. Rice bowls are available in the vestibules.  Your donations can be dropped off during Holy Week and the first weeks of Easter in the collection basket at Mass.

  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR EVENTS DURING THIS LENT

Each Friday of Lent, there will be a Holy Hour at 8:00 PM in the Cathedral Chapel.  Confessions will also be available.

There will be a Sung Mass in the Cathedral Basilica at 12:05 PM for the Feast of Saint Katharine Drexel on Friday, March 3, 2023.  Please see the website for the Shrine of Saint Katharine for additional information, https://www.saintkatharinedrexelshrine.com/.

THE SOLEMN NOVENA to SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL WILL be PRAYED at EVERY MASS in the CATHEDRAL BASILICA DURING THIS TIME.

Click Here to download the Solemn Novena prayers

Click Here to Submit Your Prayer Requests and to Have a🕯️Votive Candle🕯️ Lit for Your Intentions at the Tomb of Saint Katharine Drexel During the Novena and the Feast Day


To know more about the meaning of Lent, click here.

To Listen the Stations of the Cross, click here.

LENTEN RESOURCES

  • Formed.org – Sing up for free using our Parish code: 07854f  formed.org/promo/lent
    FORMED is the revolutionary digital platform that gives your unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters. 

  • I Thirst Book by Mother Teresa
    Allow Mother Teresa to guide you this year! With 40 short and profound meditations on Christ’s thirst for us, I Thirst is a perfect Lenten companion for any level of faith! easter.formed.org/collections/i-thirst
  • Pope Benedict’s Book Jesus of Nazareth
    Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection.
    Available at local Catholic Stores and online