Lenten Season



Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.




“It is traditional and desirable for Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent,” explained the Most Reverend William E.  Koenig, Bishop of Wilmington. “By establishing ‘Reconciliation Monday,’ in our diocese, we are making it easier for parishioners to experience the loving forgiveness of God. We are hoping that people who have fallen away from their faith will use this opportunity to prepare their hearts for a return to Mass at Easter. We invite all Catholics – whether it has been months, years, or decades since their last Confession – to take advantage of this diocesan-wide event in which all of our priests will participate.”