Penitential season of Lent begins - Catholic Courier

Penitential season of Lent begins

“Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

“Remember that you are dust,

and to dust you shall return.”

The Lenten liturgical season begins with these words, spoken to Catholics as their foreheads are marked with crosses of palm ash on Ash Wednesday.

For the next 40 days, the faithful of the Diocese of Rochester will spend time praying, fasting and giving alms as they reflect upon the gift of salvation received through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Lent also is a time of excitement, as candidates and catechumens finish their last few weeks of instruction in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and look forward to being welcomed into the church at the Easter Vigil.

To help guide readers throughout this penitential season, the Catholic Courier has produced an array of articles and multimedia offerings.

The following pages contain information on such topics as parish missions, the sacrament of reconciliation, and how to seek a deeper and fuller relationship with Christ.

In addition, the Courier has produced a weekly Lenten multimedia resource that includes a range of helpful material — including Scripture readings, reflections, videos and photo galleries, and background information.

The 2019 Lenten guide launched on March 1 and will conclude on Easter Sunday, April 21. New content will be available each Monday.

The 2019 Lenten guide can be found at

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