Lent 2014

Catholics in Diocese Invited to Celebrate Sacrament of Reconciliation in Lent

The Light is ON for You logoThis Lent, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Green Bay are being invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As part of Bishop Ricken's pastoral letter, "Parishes: Called to Be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive," and consistent with the call of Pope Francis to reach out with mercy, this emphasis on reconciliation is meant to help all people to grow in faith.

Parishes will be open additional times during the Lenten season for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and personal prayer. Each parish is setting its own times for confessions.

Schedule of Confession Times in Parishes in the Diocese of Green Bay

CLICK HERE for a list of Confession times at parishes in the Diocese. Information was provided by the parishes and the page will be updated as we receive additional information. (Last updated Feb. 27, 2014)

The Light is ON for You Parish Resources

CLICK HERE for resources for parishes, including bulletin announcements and general intercessions

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God's Gift of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation from the U.S. Catholic Bishops CLICK HERE pdf_button

El Regalo de Dios del Perdon: Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de la Penitencia y Reconciliación HAGA CLIC AQUI|CLICK HERE pdf_button

How to Go to Confession: One page summary of the sacrament, including preparation and a step-by-step rundown of the rite itself CLICK HERE pdf_button

Como Confessarse HAGA CLIC AQUI|CLICK HERE pdf_button

An Examination of Conscience for Young Adults: One page list of questions for young adults to help them prepare for Confession CLICK HERE pdf_button

An Examination of Conscience for Children: One page list of questions for children to help them prepare for Confession CLICK HERE pdf_button

An Examination of Conscience for Married Persons: Two page list of questions for married persons to help them prepare for Confession CLICK HERE pdf_button

An Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching: Two page examination of conscience to help individuals prepare for Confession in light of Catholic Social Teaching CLICK HERE pdf_button

Catholics Prepare for Easter by Praying, Fasting, Giving Alms During Lent

Lent_2012Lent is historically a time of conversion and preparation leading up to the celebration of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection, otherwise known as the Paschal Mystery. Prayer, fasting, and giving alms are key ways Catholics observe Lent because these are the ways the Jewish people, including Jesus, have always attended to their relationship with God.

Catholics observe Lent from Ash Wednesday (March 5 this year) for 40 days until the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday (April 17, 2014). (Interestingly, every Sunday of the entire year celebrates Easter, so Sundays are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent.) Beginning on Holy Thursday, Catholics begin celebrating what is called the Easter Triduum, which includes Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday and Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014). The Easter Triduum closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.

Fasting and Abstaining

Because Lent is a time of conversion and preparation, most Catholics are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday -- that is to eat one main meal and two smaller meals with no eating between meals. There is also the obligation of abstinence -- which means no eating meat -- on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

  • CLICK HERE for the specific rules of fast and abstinence

At Mass on Ash Wednesday, ashes are imposed on the foreheads of believers in keeping with ancient penitential practice and to symbolize our dependence on God's mercy and forgiveness.

During Lent, the baptized are to renew their baptismal commitment while those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil go through a period of learning and discernment called the period of Enlightenment -- a part of the process of preparation outlined in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Observe Lent in Three Ways

The Church invites us to observe Lent each day in these ways:

  • Prayer by reading Scripture and other spiritual works, private prayer and devotions, participating in Mass
  • Fasting/Abstaining from activities or things that distract us or that are excessive in our lives, such as certain foods, gossiping, or even time spent in front of TV or the computer.
  • Almsgiving by giving money and sharing our time and talents in ways that improve the world.

As we follow these practices we continue to renew our baptismal vows in which we renounce sin and promise to seek a true conversion of our hearts and minds to follow Jesus Christ. We are reminded that in the waters of Baptism we died to ourselves, were joined with Christ in death, and then rose from the baptismal waters to begin our new life in Christ.

Bishop Ricken's Lenten List

CLICK HERE for Bishop David L. Ricken's Top Ten list of Things to Remember for Lent.

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