Lenten Activities

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The 2019 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 21.

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. 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).

Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

On these pages, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "raise up," "sacrifice," and "offer" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.

Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.  The U.S. Bishops' statement, "God's Gift of Forgiveness: The Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" can be distributed and shared in parishes.  Dioceses are encouraged to make the sacrament available often during Lent and to use these resources to promote participation.  We also have resources to help individuals who have not been to confession in a while "rediscover" the sacrament. 

Above taken from the website HERE.

 

 

 

A New and Shorter Alternative: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan LITE
Printer-Friendly Version of Outline: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan PDF

Instructions: Each day during the Lenten fast (the season of Lent, minus Sundays), read the assigned writing. This devotion takes 10-15 minutes. By day 40, you will have read 10 different Fathers. If you wish to follow a shorter reading plan, please check out the lite version of the plan.

The Writings
Pdf form: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan: With Texts (thanks to Chad Toney and Carl Fortunato).
Print: The Early Church Fathers: 38 Volumes
E-Book: Reading Plan mobi; Reading Plan epub (thanks to Deborah Metters)

2018 Date Day in Lenten Season Reading
2/14 1 Didache: complete
2/15 2 Epistle to Diognetus: 1-6
2/16 3 Epistle to Diognetus: 7-12
2/17 4 Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians: complete
2/19 5 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Ephesians: complete
2/20 6 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Magnesians: complete
2/21 7 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Trallians: complete
2/22 8 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Romans: complete
2/23 9 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Philadelphians: complete
2/24 10 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Smyrneans: complete
2/26 11 St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to Polycarp: complete
2/27 12 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 1-11
2/28 13 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 12-23
3/1 14 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 24-35
3/2 15 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 36-47
3/3 16 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 48-59
3/5 17 St. Justin Martyr: First Apology: 60-68
3/6 18 St. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Church (Treatise I): 1-9
3/7 19 St. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Church (Treatise I): Secs. 10-18
3/8 20 St. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Church (Treatise I): Secs. 19-21
3/9 21 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 1-10
3/10 22 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 11-20
3/12 23 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 21-30
3/13 24 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 31-40
3/14 25 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 41-50
3/15 26 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 51-60
3/16 27 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 61-70
3/17 28 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 71-80
3/19 29 St. Athanasius: Life of Anthony: Chaps. 81-94
3/20 30 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XIX
3/21 31 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XX
3/22 32 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XX1
3/23 33 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XXII
3/24 34 St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XXIII
3/26 35 St. Ambrose of Milan: Concerning the Mysteries: 1-4
3/27 36 St. Ambrose of Milan: Concerning the Mysteries: 5-9
3/28 37 St. Leo the Great: Letter XXVIII (called the "Tome"): complete
3/29 38 St. Leo the Great: Sermon XXI (On the Feast of the Nativity I): complete
3/30 39 St. Leo the Great: Sermon XLIX (On Lent XI): complete
3/31 40

St. Leo the Great: Sermon LXXII (On the Lord's Resurrection): complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a list of other family activities see website HERE.