Lent 2019


Pray. Fast. Give. Local Catholics talk about what Lent means to them.

Pray. Fast. Give. Local Catholics talk about what Lent means to them.

On Wednesday, March 6, chances are that you will spot someone walking about with a dark smudge on their forehead. A closer look may even reveal the smudge to be a cross. When you kindly indicate to the person that there is something on their face, you may be told, "Oh, those are my ashes..."

The observance of Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season, a period of time in the Catholic tradition set apart for prayer, fasting and attending to the needs of those in our communitites. There are many ways to observe the practices and traditions of Lent, and we've compiled a few ideas below. Join us as we accompany our Lord through these 40 days of Lent and prepare our hearts to receive the gift of his death and resurrection. 

Fast

 

Fast and Abstinence - guidelines from the USCCB

The 'Ups' of Lent - what are you giving up for Lent this year?

25 Great Things You Can Do for Lent besides giving up chocolate

40 Days of Soup - daily reflections and recipes 

Questions and Answers on Lent and Lenten Practices from the USCCB

Pray

Consider receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Advise on prayer from Mother Teresa

A list of Lenten Prayers and DIY Retreats

Walk through Lent with Blessed is She

Daily Reflections for Lent

Experience the Stations of the Cross

Inspiration from the Diocese of Albany Digital Library

Give

Support the work of Catholic Charities in our diocese

Help a student attend our Catholic Schools

Set up a Rice Bowl in your home

Check with your parish to see what needs you may be able to fill

 

Events

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Ash Wednesday Mass | Wednesday, March 6, at 5:15 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Join Bishop Scharfenberg for Mass and the distribution of ashes.

Rite of Election | Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Bishop Scharfenberger will celebrate the Rite of Election with catechumens (who are preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the next Easter Vigil) and the Call to Ongoing Conversion with candidates (who will be received into our Church through Confirmation and Eucharist).

Lenten Reconciliation Service | Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Join Bishop Scharfenberger for a Lenten Reconciliation Service and receive this sacrament of mercy and healing.

Chrism Mass | Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Gather with Bishop Scharfenberger and priests, deacons, religious an022519 Chrism.jpgd faithful from the Diocese to bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens and to consecrate the Sacred Chrism to be used in parishes across the Diocese.

Holy Thursday | Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Celebrate Holy Thursday liturgy with Bishop Scharfenberger. After the liturgy, which will include the washing of the feet, the Eucharist will be reserved for adoration and quiet prayer untill 10 p.m., at which time Night Prayer will be said.

Good Friday | Friday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Celebrate the Lord's Passion with Bishop Scharfenberger.

Easter Vigil | Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Join us celebrating the solemn Vigil of Easter and the Resurrection of the Lord. Bishop Scharfenberger will preside.

Easter Sunday Mass | Sunday, April 21, at 11 a.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Join Bishop Scharfenberger for Easter Sunday Mass

If you are unable to attend, click here to watch the live stream Easter Sunday Mass on Sunday, April 21, at 11 a.m.