Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). Experience a deeper Lent this year by being the best version of yourself, preparing through penance and reflection, and seeking answers to your Lenten questions.

Fasting and Abstinence

The Church prescribes fasting (only one full meal and two smaller meals which together are not greater than a full meal) and abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Catholics aged 18-59 are bound to fast; those 14 and older to abstinence. Those who are ill are freed from these obligations. Everyone, even those above the age of 59, are encouraged to fast and abstain. Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance.

S.29 of Canada’s liturgical calendar, the Ordo, specifies that Fridays are special days of abstinence. This includes Fridays of Lent, although Catholics can substitute special acts of charity or piety on these days.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Ash Wednesday, March 6, marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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Lent Penitential Service

The Church encourages Catholics to participate in preparation during Lent by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation.

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Holy Week and Easter Mass Schedule

Join us as we pray throughout Holy Week and Easter.

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Share Lent 2019 Campaign: Share the Journey

Each year during Lent, Canadian Catholics are invited to stand in solidarity with communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who are struggling for dignity and justice.

This Lenten season, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada invites you to share the journey with people forced to seek refuge, and to reach out and encounter them. Together, let’s walk on the path of solidarity.

Learn more about Share Lent
Read Archbishop’s Share Lent 2019 letter

Ask Fr. Nick – Lent 2019 Series

Listen to Fr. Nick Meisl answer your questions about Lent! #askfrnick (Click on a question below)

Would you go vegan for Lent if the pope does?

If the pope went vegan for Lent, would Fr. Nick Meisl accept the challenge to go vegan too?

What if I can't take on any more penance during Lent?

If you feel like you are dealing with a lot of suffering and cannot take on more penance during Lent, Fr. Nick Meisl has some words of encouragement for you.

Can we eat meatless meat on Friday?

Fr. Nick Meisl challenges us to think about what we’re giving up this Lent and to ask ourselves if they meet the spirit of sacrifice for us personally. Read the CCCB’s Keeping Friday for more information.

What acts of penance could I do during Lent?

Fr. Nick Meisl explains why we do certain things during Lent and suggests different ways to do penance.

How are Lenten Fridays different from other Fridays?

Read the CCCB’s Keeping Friday to know what we as Catholics in Canada should do on Fridays all year.

What is it like to hear Confessions?

Click here for a list of penitential services across the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

How can I fast if I have health problems?

Fr. Nick Meisl suggests other ways for you to participate in fasting to create space for God this Lent.

Liturgy of the Hours advice?

Fr. Nick recommends downloading the app iBreviary to help you get started on the Liturgy of the Hours.

How do you prepare for Lent?

Fr. Nick shares how he personally prepares for Lent and what he’s giving up.

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