Lent begins on March 1st and is a time in the Catholic tradition in which we are asked to slow down, reflect, and prepare ourselves to receive the incredible gift of Easter morning. We are invited to pray more, deny ourselves by fasting, and give alms to the poor. There are many ways you can live out these practices.
To assist you in your Lenten preparation and practices, here are a few resources we have compiled for your use:
Read Cardinal Cupich's Lenten Message
Read Pope Francis’ Lent 2017 Message
Lenten Regulations on Fasting and Abstinence
Resources for Lenten regulations on fasting and abstinence can be found here. Resources regarding the Time for the Easter Vigil and other information about the Lenten Liturgical Life of the Archdiocese. (PDF)
Ave Maria Press
They have compiled 40 soup recipes and daily reflections to nourish both your body and soul throughout Lent. You can find the recipes and reflections on their website. (Link)
Catechetical Ministry Lenten Resources
Lenten plans and prayers for journeying with children through Lent. Click here to explore.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Best know at Lent for Operation Rice Bowl, a wonderful and easy way to give alms, CRS has many other resources to enable you, your family and community to encounter Lent. You will find daily reflections, stories of hope, recipes, and other resources on their website. (Link)
If you would like to receive daily reflections and recipes on your smart phone or tablet device, download their innovative CRS Rice Bowl app. (Link)
Prepare for Easter with Lent activities, readings and reflections updated daily from the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press. (Link)
Through their website, you can sign-up for 40 days of emails, meditate on the Station of the Cross with one of three audio versions, and pray with one of the four 17-minute Rosary options. Explore what all they have to offer on their website. (Link | PDF)
Their extensive resources include, but are not limited to, daily prayers, audio discussions and retreats, and essays to read. Take a look and see if there is something for you. (Link)
They provide a number of helpful resources for individuals and parish life. These include video reflections on art, essays, Stations of the Cross, and much more. Click here to discover all of their resources. For options in Spanish click here.
You can also sign-up for a daily reflection to be delivered directly to your email inbox. To subscribe, click here.
Lentsanity - Fellowship Of Catholic University Students
Lent resources including a mobile app, from Focus.org, an online Catholic college outreach blog.
This page includes essays, videos, prayers, and reflections for Lent. (Link)
Sample Communal Reconciliation Service
Resources for a service that could be fashioned such that the individual sacrament of Penance is part of it, or it could be a non-sacramental service that is aimed at preparing a community to receive the Sacrament later. (PDF)
Liturgical Music Resource for the Rites and Rituals
Music Directors and RCIA Directors can use this resource in planning the Rite of Sending to the Cathedral for Election, the Scrutinies for the Elect and the other public rituals that facilitate the process of Initiation. (PDF)
Seasonal Resource from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC)
Palm Burning Ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral | Tuesday, February 28, 9 a.m.
Rev. Bradley Zamora, Associate Pastor and Director of Liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral, will preside at a Palm Burning Ceremony in Cathedral Courtyard located on the north side of Holy Name Cathedral. Students from Frances Xavier Warde School will also be present when old palms will be burned to be used for ashes on Ash Wednesday.
The Way of the Cross | Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:45 a.m.
On Good Friday 2017, all are invited to join together at Daley Plaza at 8:45 a.m. The walk begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral. Organized by the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation and the Focolare Movement, more details can be found on the attached flyer. (PDF)