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Lenten Resources

Celebrate Lent by devoting oneself to prayer, scripture readings, and giving to others as an act of holy virtue.

Often holiday traditions can get mixed into the heart of celebrating holy days or other practices found within the liturgical season. 

The season of Lent is sacred and should connect Catholics to the mighty acts of God. Lent is a series of devoted actions over the course of 40 days.  Through prayer, scripture, and fasting, Catholics go on a journey, one that opens the path to encounter Christ.

This page provides resources to help one journey to the foot of the cross during Lent.

Messages of Lent

This year, as we journey through the season of Lent to the three days that unfold for us the unity of Christ’s paschal mystery, let us be faithful to the Gospel and give serious attention to how we might encounter others as Jesus did with a deeper compassion and self-sacrificing love for one another. 

Read Bishop Perez's entire Lenten message

Dear brothers and sisters, the “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21)

Read Pope Francis' entire Lenten message

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How the Diocese of Cleveland brings Lent to the horizon of our lives

Throughout Lent, read more how our parishes observe the season and opportunites to renew your faith. 

Lenten Calendar

The root of the word Lent is from an ancient German word, lenzin.  Lenzin is defined as “the lengthening of days.”  The 40 days of Lent is reflective of the Gospel as Jesus goes into the wilderness for a period of 40 days and prepares for the events that will soon take place.  This length of time provides Catholics today the opportunity to pause and ponder just as Jesus did in the days that approach Easter.

USCCB Daily Devotional Calendar

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Video messages that focus on prayer, fasting & almsgiving:

Fish Fry Fun

Fish fans are encouraged to visit our parishes, schools and other Catholic entities hosting Friday fish fries during Lent.

View Fish Fry Listings

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