prayer during lent

The first pillar of lent

Prayer opportunities

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, many opportunities are available for observing the Lenten season in the Diocese of Rochester.

Prayer contest

“Try Prayer! It Works!” — an annual contest sponsored by Family Rosary — is now accepting entries from children in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

What prevents you from asking God for everything? Fear, unmet expectations, a disbelief that God won’t come through? What if this Lent you asked God for more? In this video, Father Mark Toups of Ascension Presents has a call to action — a call to ask God for more, a call to trust that God can give you more.

Importance of prayer

(CNS photo by Andrew Biraj/Catholic Standard)

A Catholic News Service columnist discusses the importance of the first pillar of Lent: prayer. “Prayer changes what we desire. Prayer transforms us into those who can live with God forever. Prayer impels us toward metanoia, repentance,” the author writes.

CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

Meditation is a practice during which an individual focuses the mind on a particular object, thought or activity. In this article, a Catholic News Service columnist talks about how meditation can be prayed during Lent.


theology on tapas

Young adults are invited to gather in faith and cook together during the Diocese of Rochester’s Lenten Theology on Tapas virtual cooking series.

The two-part series will take place at 7 p.m. March 4 and 18. The series will be led by Mark Capellazzi, project coordinator for youth and young-adult ministry, who has a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Members of the Catholic Courier staff will be on hand to cook with Capellazzi and to livestream each installment.