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Lent

Whether you are looking for ways to get the most out of this Lenten season or have been away from the Church for a while: Welcome!

The Lenten season is a time of renewal and preparation for celebrating Holy Week, culminating with Easter Sunday. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Saturday, Lent is a time for deeper reflection, and surrender to God through greater prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

Spiritual Communion Prayer
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. The Spiritual Communion Prayer is available at archny.org/acts-of-spiritual-communion/

Accessing the Mass – Wherever You Are
The Mass from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is available on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM 129 at 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and from Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels (Los Angeles) at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

In addition, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral offers the Mass via livestream at saintpatrickscathedral.org/live.

Mass is also available via the Catholic Faith Network. Click here for times and locations.

Lenten Q&A
Have you ever wondered why we give up something for Lent? Why do we say it’s 40 days long when counting days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday adds up to 46? Why we don’t eat meat or poultry on Fridays? Visit the USCCB’s Lenten Q&A to find the answers to these questions and more!

A Reintroduction to Reconciliation
Has it been a while since your last confession? Do you have questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation? You are not alone. Rediscover this sacrament and get your questions answered from the USCCB here.

Forgiven, A beautiful documentary exploring the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Free for all Archdiocese of New York parishioners.  Email formed@archny.org for your parish code.

FORMED, a digital content service featuring audio, video, ebooks and feature-length films, has several excellent faith-filled shows to help you and your family make the most of Lent.

Guides to Help You Examine Your Conscience and Make a Good Confession
Before participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you may want to prayerfully reflect on your thoughts, words and deeds in order to identify any sins. Here are a few resources to help you:

Confession Guide for Children by the National Catholic Register

Scriptural Way of the Cross
The USCCB has prepared a unique Scriptural Way of the Cross to be used during this season of fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, featuring reflections on global and national issues we can pray on together as a community.

A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent (English)
Cuaresma: Una Vía Crucis bíblica (Espanõl)
Audio Stations of the Cross (English)

Lenten Reflections

“Best Lent Ever” from Mattew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic
Lenten Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron
Ten Things to Remember About Lent from Bishop David L. Ricken
USCCB Lenten Guide: Includes interactive Lenten calendar. 

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