Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 26) and ends when the Paschal Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 9). The traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving prepare us for the celebration of the Paschal Triduum and Easter (cf. Matthew 6:1-18).


Our Lent 2020 theme is, “Steadfast: Growing as a Resolute Christian.” It is based on this verse from the Responsorial Psalm of Ash Wednesday: “A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me” (Psalm 51:12).


To be steadfast is to be resolute. God’s love and mercy toward us is steadfast. Relying upon God’s help, we can be steadfast disciples of Christ.


Some may be tempted to disbelieve that when they are beset by temptations and sin. Some may be tempted to disbelieve that during their disappointments and struggles. Some may be tempted to disbelieve that when they are disheartened by scandals and corruption. We cannot let these things obscure the blessings of God, which include His steadfast love and mercy.


Lent is a time for growth. It involves a renewal of our minds, which informs our outlook on life. With our cooperation, God will help us to remain steadfast through reading the Word of God, offering worship to God, and giving witness to God. This is how we will grow in our conversion to God and our confidence in God.

Lent I - February 29 & March 1

Word of God

Lent II - March 7 & 8

Worship of God

Lent III - March 14 & 15

Witness to God

Lent IV - March 21 & 22

Conversion to God

Lent V - March 28 & 29

Confidence in God

May you have a fruitful observance of Lent.


Father Raymond Harris