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The Season of Lent

Lent, which begins Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, is a period of spiritual renewal that helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ—that is, his passion, death and resurrection. The three pillars of the Lenten season are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.   By spending time in prayer and in reflection on the Scriptures, through penance and through giving up (sacrificial acts) and giving to others (charitable acts), we look to experience a spiritual reawakening that brings us closer to Christ.

Lent's origins can be traced in part to a short period of fasting and prayer undergone by catechumens / elect, who are preparing for full initiation into the Church at Easter through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.  The season is a reminder of the great gift of baptism, both the salvation it offers, as well as the challenge that comes with it.  As Pope Francis expressed in his Lenten message,  we must "imitate Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty."

You will find some resources below to help you in your Lenten journey. Click on any of the lines.

Lenten Calendar

Lent Daily Inspiration Calendar

Lent Daily Inspiration Calendar (en Español)

CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Calendar

USCCB Calendar with daily prayers and reflections

The Season of Lent  

The 40 Days of Lent

 Ash Wednesday, including Mass times

Questions and Answers about Lent (USCCB )

Ten things to Remember for Lent (USCCB)

Bible Study, Faith Formation, Prayer & Scripture Reflections

Lenten Prayer and Scripture Study at Parishes around the Diocese

Echoing God's Word Scripture Reflections

Bishop Robert Barron's Weekly Reflections (Sign up to receive via email)

EWTN Lenten Reflections

Lectio Divina for Lent

Meet me in the Desert - CRS Lenten Prayer

Saints for the Lenten Season

Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant (USCCB)


Retreats at parishes around the Diocese 

Call to Sabbath Retreat, March 22-24, at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

CRS Lenten Digital Retreat

"A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance" retreat, March 29-31 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford.  

Watercolors & Mandalas Lenten Retreat, April 12-14, at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Light is On for You

A Brief Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments

How to go to confession...

Pastoral exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de Penitencia y Reconciliación

Lenten Fasting & Meals

Lenten Meals in Parishes

Fasting and Abstinence

Prayer for Abstinence - CRS

Prayer of the Wilderness for those who are fasting - CRS

Reflection on Fasting and Abstinence - USCCB

Stations of the Cross

 Stations of the Cross in the Diocese of Portland

 Living Stations of the Cross in our Diocese

 Praying the Stations of the Cross

 A Scriptural Way of the Cross for Lent

Stations of the Cross - CRS Video Reflections

Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking

Stations of the Cross for Vocations

Sharing Our Gifts

CRS Rice Bowl

Catholic Charities Maine opportunities

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2018

 Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2017

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2016

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2015

Other Resources

Six Ways to Evangelize during Lent (USCCB)