Information regarding Holy Week may be found here.

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, March 6

Mass with distribution of ashes.

6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. (Pontifical), 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 and Novena to St. John Neumann



Prayer Services take place in the Cathedral church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, March 10, 17, 24, and 31; April 7, and 14

6:00 p.m.

Each Sunday during Lent, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at the conclusion of the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Adoration is the homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory”, respectful silence of the “ever greater” God.


Evening Prayer and Benediction

Sunday, March 10, 17, 24, and 31; April 7, and 14

6:30 p.m.

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.


Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Tuesdays following the 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 12:10 p.m. Masses. 


Novena to St. John Neumann

Fridays following the 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 12:10 p.m. Masses. 



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. Visit the diocesan website for materials to assist you in making a good confession, prayers you may find helpful, and answers to frequently asked questions.

lenten confession schedule

Monday to Friday
7:30 to 7:50 a.m.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Lenten Dinner and a Movie

Friday, March 8 and 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Diocesan Pastoral Center

Join us for family friendly dinner and movie nights this Lent! Gather for fellowship and a light meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. and stay for the movie at 7 p.m. Featured movies will be Joan of Arc and Clare and Francis. An offering of $10 per person will be collected. Make your reservation today! To volunteer to assist at this event, fill out our Lenten Fridays Volunteer Form


Road to Resurrection

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

March 7: St. Ann's Basilica, March 14: St. Patrick's, March 21: Mary Mother of God, March 28: St. Paul's, April 4: Immaculate Conception, and April 11: Cathedral of Saint Peter

Immerse yourself in scripture from the Gospels as you are guided through the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. Fr. Joseph Sica will be the homilist at each Mass.

Take-Out Soup Sale

Friday, March 15 and 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Diocesan Pastoral Center

Take the guesswork out of dinner for two Fridays during Lent all while supporting the Cathedral! Quarts of Manhattan clam chowder and butternut squash bisque (pickup on March 15) and New England clam chowder and broccoli cheddar soup (pickup on March 29) are available to purchase for $8 per quart. Advance orders are strongly encouraged. Purchase your soup today! To volunteer to assist at this event, fill out our Lenten Fridays Volunteer Form



Easter Baskets for Friends of the Poor
We have partnered with Friends of the Poor for their annual Easter Food Giveaway. You may drop off small assembled Easter baskets containing a snack, sweet, and a stuffed animal or small toy; purchase and drop off those same items; or make a monetary donation towards the purchase of items and baskets which will be assembled by parish volunteers. Drop off your donations and place them in the baskets in the vestibule of the church or bring them to the rectory during normal business hours by Wednesday, April 3rd.

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. The second collection at all Masses during the weekend of March 24th will be used for the fund.

The Cathedral of Saint Peter is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton. The Cathedral has been serving the faithful of the diocese and beyond since 1853.


Tel: 570-344-7231

Fax: 570-344-4749


315 Wyoming Avenue 

Scranton, PA 18503  

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