Lent is a time of prayer, penance and almsgiving in preparation for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. This year, the staff of the Catholic Courier hope “Journey to Easter,” the online Lenten calendar they’re developing, will help guide readers throughout these 40-plus days.
The calendar, which can be found at www.catholiccourier.com/easterjourney, features daily multimedia resources for Lent. It starts on Feb. 9, the day before Ash Wednesday, and will conclude on Easter Sunday, March 27.
Visitors to the calendar will find Gospel readings, reflections and information about Lent, as well as videos on penance and almsgiving. While the calendar reflects the solemn season of Lent, it also will include information on cultural traditions and celebrations, as well as meatless recipes for Lenten Fridays.
As they did with the Advent Calendar produced in late 2015, the Courierstaff is working with Maryland-based Advertisting Media Plus, which is offering a Lent-themed version of its online calendar framework. The Courier staff is producing 75 percent to 80 percent of the calendar’s content and will fill the rest of the calendar with content from AMPs.
“Reaction to the Advent calendar was very positive,” noted Karen M. Franz, general manager/editor of the Courier and El Mensjero Cat√≥lico. “Several parishes graciously assisted us in promoting it to their members, and the calendar became our website’s top-rated feature throughout Advent. We’re hoping to build on that momentum with this Lenten version.”
The Courier-generated content will consist of stories, photo slideshows, videos, blog posts and children’s crafts, as well as an Easter message from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. The calendar also will feature content from each of the three regions of the diocese — Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Monroe County.