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Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.

– JOEL 2:12-13

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending with sunset on Holy Thursday, Lent is a time for deeper reflection, and surrender to God through greater prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As we prepare for the celebration of Holy Week, culminating with Easter Sunday, we renew our connection to Christ’s baptism, death, and resurrection.

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!

Lenten Resources

Explore these resources and useful links to help you prepare during this Lenten Season:

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, commemorate Jesus’s passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections. The practice began as pious pilgrims traced his path through Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa. 


Follow along with Cardinal Dolan as he leads us through the fourteen steps of the Stations of the Cross in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Additional Stations of the Cross Resources

Preparing for Easter

“Lent, then, is a season of grace when we can rebuild our relationship with God and with others, opening our hearts in the silence of prayer and emerging from the fortress of our self-sufficiency.”

– Pope Francis

Lent is a great time to engage with the Sacrament of Confession. If you’re not sure where to go, you can visit our Parish Finder to find a church near you. If it has been a while since your last confession, remember, you are not alone. The priest will help guide you. In addition, we have gathered the resources below to help you prepare. 

Reconciliation Monday

Confession will be offered in all Parishes throughout the entire Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Monday, March 25, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in preparation for Easter. 

Examining Your Conscience

“Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.” 

– St. Thomas Aquinas
Acts of Contrition

My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. 
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. 
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. 
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us. 
In His Name, my God,
have mercy. 

Jesus Christ,
Son of God,
have mercy
on me,
a sinner.

O my God,
I am heartily sorry
for having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins

because of Thy just punishments,
but most of all

because they offend Thee, my God,
Who art all-good

and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

– PSALMS 118:22