Lenten Resources

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God ‘with all their hearts’ (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and grow in friendship with the Lord.” – Pope Francis.

The Department of Parish Vitality and Mission is delighted to provide Catholics and non-Catholics with a wide variety of opportunities to take Pope Francis’s words to heart and begin a Lenten mission of deepening relationships with those around them and with Jesus Christ.

This year, Lent begins on February 14 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.


Read Pope Francis’ Lent 2018 Message

"Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold": English | Spanish

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 can be found here
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)

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich invites you and your family to actively participate in the CRS Rice Bowl initiative that is quickly approaching. Please read his letters:

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Best known at Lent for CRS 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)

Creighton University

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)

Daughters of Charity | Online Lenten Retreat

Meet with a sister on Skype or by phone between February 25 and March 1, 2018 to reflect and ask questions about discerning religious life. Walk through tools and materials with a retreat director and pray with us. We’re here to meet you where you are, on your time. Open to single Catholic women ages 18-40. For more information, contact Sister Virginia Ann Brooks, D.C. at sistervirginiaann.brooks@doc.org or 812.963.7559. Register online at called2.be/Lent18

Franciscan Media

Prepare for Easter with Lent activities, readings and reflections updated daily from the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press. (Link)

Lentsanity - Fellowship Of Catholic University Students

Lent resources including a mobile app, from Focus.org, an online Catholic college outreach blog.

Lenten Resources from Liturgy Training Publications

Daily Lenten Meditations : Prayerful Reflections from John Paul II (Link)

My Sacrifice and Yours: Our Participation in the Eucharist (Link)

Este sacrificio, mio y de ustedes: Nuestra participación en la Eucaristia (Link)

Loyola Press

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.
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns - Lenten Reflection Guide Forty Days with Scripture and Laudato Si'

The Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si’. Visit the website to download. (Link

Also, Maryknoll’s Discover Your Neighbor Economic Justice Educator Guide offers ideas and resources for how to grow in global solidarity throughout Lent. (Link)

Solidarity Bridge

This Lent, Solidarity Bridge invites Catholics throughout the Archdiocese to join us in prayer and reflection. Throughout this holy season we will offer weekly reflections on the Sunday Gospels and our mission work. All are invited to sign up and journey with us. (Link)


This page includes essays, videos, prayers, and reflections for Lent. (Link)

Liturgical Resources

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)

The Immigration Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago offers Lenten calendars in English and Spanish