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.
Best Lent Ever E-mail Campaign
The Archdiocese of Vancouver and Gardens of Gethsemani invite you to go on an incredible Lenten journey toward the best version of yourself. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, discover ways to transform your life in forty days. Sign up below for daily e-mails from the Dynamic Catholic team.
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.
Lent Penitential Service
The Church encourages Catholics to participate in preparation during Lent by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation.
Holy Week and Easter Mass Schedule
Join us as we pray throughout Holy Week and Easter.
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.
Ask Fr. Nick – Lent 2019 Series
Listen to Fr. Nick Meisl answer your questions about Lent! #askfrnick (Click on a question below)