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fast and abstinence during lent

While the three traditional pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and works of charity, Catholics are also reminded of the obligation to:

  • abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. This means that we do not eat meat products on those days. This does not intend the omission of eggs or dairy products. 

  • fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This means eating only one full meal on that day. One or two smaller meals may be taken, but may not total one full meal. The required fast does not allow eating anything between meals.

  • fast on Good Friday (between the ages of 18 and 59). In addition, all Catholics 14 years of age and older must abstain from meat on Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

lenten reflections

During the Lenten season, we strive to deepen our relationship with Jesus, enabling us to come to know him in a more intimate way and, in so doing, to embrace a life of meaning and purpose that leads to true and lasting fulfillment and peace in this world and the next.​

Cultivate your understanding of the Season of Lent through a series of weekly scripture quotes, Lenten reflections, Questions and Answers, action steps, and prayers. 



Ash Wednesday, February 22

Mass with distribution of ashes.

6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. (Pontifical, televised, live-streamed), and 5:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross

Accompany our Lord to Calvary and meditate on his suffering as you contemplate your Lenten journey.

Fridays following the 12:10 p.m. Mass. (televised, live-streamed)



Lenten Evening Prayer

Every Sunday during Lent

6:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Church

Evening Prayer is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always”. Through this prayer, the people of God sanctify the day by continual praise of God and prayers of intercession for the needs of the world. (Broadcast on CTV: Catholic Television following the airing of the Mass on Sunday at 6 p.m. and live-streamed across our social media channels) 



To make it as easy as possible for every Catholic to experience the grace of the sacrament of reconciliation, the Cathedral of Saint Peter is participating in a diocesan-wide initiative entitled The Light is On for You. Confessions will be heard every Monday of Lent from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

lenten confession schedule

5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament begins at 5:30 p.m.
Benediction with the Most Blessed Sacrament begins at 6:50 p.m.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Discipleship Formation Series

Join Father Tudgay as he presents The Sacraments by Bishop Robert Barron, which looks at the great sacraments of the Church in all their theological depth, spiritual effects, and pastoral promise. The Sacraments will help you understand the presence and power of the Savior himself.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

March 1st, 8th, and 22nd & April 12th, 19th, and 26th


Easter Baskets for Friends of the Poor

We have partnered with Friends of the Poor for their annual Easter Food Giveaway. Please consider making a monetary donation towards the purchase of items and baskets which will be assembled by parish volunteers. Make your donation online, by mail, or in-person by Thursday, March 30th.

Saint Vincent de Paul Fund

Established in 2012 through the generosity of our parishioners and friends, the Saint Vincent de Paul fund continues to enable us to assist our area needy, when possible, given the nature of the request. Donations for this fund will be accepted at all Masses during the weekend of March 12th.

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