“Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us—as communities and as individuals—to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father.”
—Pope Francis, Message for Lent, 2021
Ash Wednesday Services - March 2, 2022
Join us on Ash Wednesday at any of the following service times:
- 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Mass in Our Lady's Chapel - Bilingual
- 4 p.m. Ecumenical Service in Our Lady's Chapel
- 6 p.m. Mass in Our Lady's Chapel - Spanish
To register for in-person attendance, go to our UMM Events Registration Page.
Fast, Pray, Give
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.
Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
(Source: USCCB-What is Lent?)
More Lenten Resources:
- Reflections by UIW Community Members
- Lent 2022 Calendar
- Lenten Fasting and Abstinence
- Examination of Conscience
Learn more at Busted Halo (Lent)