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Lent is our time of preparation.
During these 40 days, we ponder what it means to “give up, take up and lift up.” Using the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we deepen our relationship with Christ and discern where God is working in our lives.
Rediscover Jesus This Lent
Resources for 2023
The diocesan theme for Lent 2023 is "What's in Your Heart?"
Throughout Lent, brief reflections on the Sunday readings and a variety of resources will be offered on the diocesan website. You are invited to enter into prayer, do acts of mercy and fast in union with other disciples of Jesus Christ – as a family, a household, a parish, a community, a diocese and a universal Church. Together let us recommit ourselves from our very core, our hearts, to deepen our relationship with God and with others, especially those most in need.
Stations of the Cross - Watch a video of Fr. Jason Jalbert reliving Jesus' journey by praying the Stations of the Cross. The images of the Stations are from Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, NH.
Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God using parables related to nature. As we Walk with Jesus this Lent, Pope Francis’ encyclical Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si) can help us be more aware of how to better care for the environment and all of creation. CLICK HERE for a prayer and practice for each week of Lent and other resources prepared by The Laudato Si Movement.
How to Make a Good Confession Infographic - Includes illustrated steps on how to make a good confession and simple explanations of the Examination of Conscience and Act of Contrition. It's a great resource for parents to use with their children.
Lenten Litany on Fasting and Feasting - Read this litany for an interesting perspective on fasting and feasting. It may give you some ideas as you consider your Lenten choices.
Read the Holy Father's 2023 Message for Lent
Download this calendar from the USCCB for daily inspiration for your Lenten journey - February 22 - April 9, 2023.
Welcome to Your Family Lenten Evening! Lent is a call to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to prepare for the passion and resurrection of our Lord. Enjoy a curated evening together as a family to start intentionally living out these Lenten disciplines to detach from worldly distractions, amend your lives, and grow closer to the Lord.
CLICK HERE for ideas for your Family Night
Additional Family Resources for Lent
Lenten Resources for Catechetical Leaders from Loyola Press
Lenten Resources for Catechetical Leaders from Sadlier
Rite of Election - February 26th at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester
Feast of St. Joseph Mass and Breakfast - March 18th
Diocesan Day of Reconciliation - April 3rd
Chrism Mass - April 4th
Visit our online calendar to find Lenten retreats offered in various parishes.