Lent Begins on March 6, 2019! Are you Ready?

Mount 40

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Mount 40 is the Newman Center’s Lenten program designed to make Lent the best one yet. Centered on the Beatitudes, it includes elements of prayer, fasting and asceticism, community, and daily reflections from Fr. Ivan Pertine’s new book. For the complete rundown of the program, click here.

More information about this program will be forthcoming.

Listen to Fr. Maximo’s homily on Mount 40!

Still having a hard time deciding on a Lenten Resolution?

Here are some more suggestions!

  • Donate some of your clothes to Goodwill

  • Give up hot showers

  • Go to daily Mass

  • Give up Sweets/Chocolate

  • Drink only water

  • Say a Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet every day

  • Serve time at a local charity

  • Give alms

  • Memorize a small prayer, and start using it daily

  • Start a coup d'etat… for Jesus in your heart

  • Give up caffeine

  • Read one chapter of a book every day (bonus points if it’s spiritual reading!)

  • Reduce your screen time (Phone, social media, video games, TV, internet, etc.)

  • Clean your room and keep it that way

  • Give up cracking your knuckles, biting your nails, or some other bad habit

  • Give up sarcasm

Lent Fasting and Abstinance Guidelines

Lent is a time of penance and repentance. As such, the holy Church obliges all Roman Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on certain days. The following is the obligations the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared:

  • All Roman Catholics aged 14 and older must abstain from meat on every Friday during Lent, Ash Wednesday (March 6), and Good Friday (April 19).

  • All Roman Catholics aged 18 to 59 must fast on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and Good Friday (April 19).

What is considered fasting?

  1. Eating 1 full meal, and 2 small meals; in which the small meals when combined would not consist of a full meal.

  2. Bread and water fast; in which bread and water is only consumed throughout the day, and in the spirit of Lent, eaten sparingly.

We would like to remind you to be conscious of your health; please do not do any actions that would cause your person harm!

What is considered meat?

Generally, any food coming from the flesh of a land-dwelling animal, such as beef, pork, poultry, or mutton, is considered meat. Generally, any flesh from a fish, or shellfish, is considered not meat for the purposes of fasting.

What are the holy days of obligation during Lent?

During the liturgical season of Lent, there are no holy days of obligation binding to faithful Catholics outside of Sundays. Despite this, it is strongly recommended to attend Mass on at least Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, including Palm Sunday and the Sacred Triduum.

In addition, there are several feasts and holy days during Lent that should be celebrated! Here are a few:

  • Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe (Mar. 12)

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17)

  • Solemnity of St. Joseph (Mar. 19)

  • Solemnity of the Annunciation (Mar. 25)

  • Memorial of St. Isidore of Seville (Apr. 4)