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Lenten Resources 2018

February 11, 2018
11 Feb 2018

On Ash Wednesday, 14 February we once again begin the penitential season of Lent with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads as a stark reminder of our mortality and need for on-going conversion. The Church invites us to embrace the traditional Lenten practices of prayer fasting and almsgiving to turn away from sin and selfishness and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord’s saving passion, death and resurrection.

Holy Week Schedule 2018

 Tuesday of Holy Week, 27 March

Chrism Mass 11:00 am

The Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday, 29 March

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 pm
Church open for prayer before Altar of Repose until 11 pm

 Good Friday, 30 March

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3:00 pm

Holy Saturday, 31 March

The Easter Vigil with Bishop Guglielmone 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, 1 April

Easter Mass 7:00 am
Easter Mass 9:00 am
Solemn Mass 11:30 am with Cathedral Choir

Please note: there will be no 6:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday

Below is our Lenten Guide and other information and resources to help you in your Lenten preparations for Holy Week.


Click here to download our Family Guide to Lent and Easter


Click this link for an Examination of Conscience & Act of Contrition.

Confessions will be heard Wednesdays 11:15-11:45 am and Saturdays 4:00-5:00 pm

Confessions will also be heard Tuesday, 20 March, Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 22 March  at the special time of 6:00-7:00 pm

An Examination of Conscience Booklet is also available to pick up in the Cathedral.

Lenten Observances of Fasting and Abstinence

Fast: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast.

On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two lesser meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. Catholics who have completed their 18th year are bound by this law until the beginning of their 60th year.

Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. On days of abstinence, meats should not be taken at any meal. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year.

Ash Wednesday begins the time year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the symbol of ashes which is used in today’s liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter. “The putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent”. — Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

#1 of the Seven Habits to Holiness – the Morning Offering:

morning offering


Physical copies of the above prayer are available at the Cathedral.

Plan your Lent with this helpful worksheet:

Lent Worksheet



Other helpful resources to help you have a holy Lenten Season:

Dynamic Catholic Best Lent Ever sign up to receive emails each day of Lent

National Catholic Register: These 40 Days

Our Sunday Visitor: Lenten pdf

Our Sunday Visitor: Guide to Holy Week