Season of Lent

Lent 2017

St Lawrence Distributing Alms
St. Lawrence Distributing Alms by Fra Angelico (1447-49)

During the season of Lent, the Church asks the faithful to surrender themselves to prayer, penance and almsgiving. Catholics recognize these practices as a link to their baptismal promises. Lent is a time for true conversion of heart and mind for followers of Christ.

In keeping with the spirit and meaning of the Lenten fast, Catholics are encouraged to observe the Good Friday fast through Holy Saturday and until the celebration of the Easter vigil. It is also encouraged for Catholics to visit the Sacrament of Reconciliation


From the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday marks the Easter Triduum. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery. The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.


During the 2017 Lenten season we will be sharing ‪#‎40WaystoLent‬ across our social media channels. Each day we'll share a new idea or suggestion centered around prayer, penance, & almsgiving, to help guide you through your Lenten experience. Click the links below and follow us!

Online Resources

  The Michigan Catholic Invites Readers to #LiveYourBestLent
  March 1: Archbishop Vigneron's Ash Wednesday Homily
  Lenten regulations

Key Dates:


Ash Wednesday

Attend Mass and receive ashes today.

The Invitation | 9 AM - 6 PM | Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Ash Wednesday Mass with Archbishop Vigneron | 7 PM | Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament


Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Joseph, the model of humility and one of our greatest saints is known for his silence. Read what Pope Benedict XVI once said about the poignant silence of Joseph.


Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Read a reflection on how the Palm Sunday liturgy offers us a panoramic view of the Paschal Mysteries.


Holy Thursday

The summit of the liturgical year, the Easter Triduum begins this evening and continues into the evening of Easter Sunday.


Good Friday

Today, remember the Franciscans who take care of the places where Jesus walked. Remember also the region's living stones — Christian men and women who live in the Holy Land. Please give today to the collection for the Holy Land in your parish.


Holy Saturday

As you prepare for the Paschal celebration of Easter, reflect on how well you have lived your Lenten commitment to merciful action during this journey through the desert to the foot of the Cross.


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Indeed, he is risen! Celebrate Christ’s Resurrection by reading or reciting the Proclamation of Easter, the Exsultet.