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. 

Join Monsignor Rupert on Facebook and Twitter throughout the Season of Lent for short, inspirational reflections and prayers on Lent, the Saints, and other spiritually topical subjects.



Ash Wednesday, February 17

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

6:15 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 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

lenten confession schedule

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


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 Wednesday, March 10th.

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 February 28th.

Lenten Food Drive

Help us assist our neighbors by contributing to our Lenten Food Drive. We welcome cake and baking mixes, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, sides, quick-cook potatoes and rice, Jell-O, pudding, cookies, crackers, popcorn, and condiments. Place your donations in the baskets located in the vestibule of the Church.

We are also collecting gift cards to be used at local grocery stores. Please place your gift card donation in the collection box when you come to Mass.


All food and grocery gift cards will be donated to Saint Paul's Parish Food Pantry.