Prepare your hearts

Repent, and believe in the Gospel

The Lenten liturgical season begins with these words, spoken to Catholics as their foreheads are marked with crosses of palm ash on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2024). The Catholic Courier has prepared lists of 2024 Ash Wednesday liturgies around the Diocese of Rochester:

Prepare to be enlightened

Are you looking for ways to get the most out of your Lenten journey? The Courier has compiled a list of Lenten activities at diocesan parishes. Offerings include retreats and missions, book discussions, Bible studies, soup suppers, and plenty of opportunities for prayer, penance and worship.

What is Ash Wednesday?

In this video, Deacon Jonathan Schott, assistant director of campus ministry at St. John Fisher University, explains the origins of receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday and answers several other questions about this first day of Lent.

Ash Wednesday’s significance

OSV News columnist D.D. Emmons reflects on the church’s solemn ceremonies for Ash Wednesday and the evolution of spiritual preparations for Easter into the modern Lenten season.

Two celebrations converge

This year, Ash Wednesday – a day of prayer, penance, fasting and abstinence – falls on Valentine’s Day, which is associated with chocolates and elegant, romantic dinners. What’s a Catholic to do?

Imposition of ashes

Faith communities across the Diocese of Rochester offered opportunities for Catholics to mark the beginning of Lent 2024 by receiving ashes. 

Opportunities for penance

For the first time since the COVID pandemic in 2020, a Day of Penance and Mercy will be presented in parishes throughout the Diocese of Rochester on or near Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

Friday fish fries begin

Are you looking for a place to get fish fry dinners today or on the other Fridays of Lent? If so, the Catholic Courier has you covered!

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