Lent at UP


What is Lent?

Christians observe the 40 days prior to Easter as a period of preparation for celebrating Jesus' victory over sin and death through his own passion, death, and resurrection. During Lent, we emulate Jesus' period of fasting in the desert as a way to draw closer to God and become more aware of our need for life in Jesus. Catholics have traditionally observed Lent by engaging in intensified practices of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting.

Why don't we eat meat on Fridays in Lent?

Catholics abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on every Friday during Lent as a form of penance to honor the death of Jesus. We give up something that we enjoy in order to recognize that our sin and selfishness are at the root of our need for Jesus' saving actions. Bon Appétit has made "Lenten Options" available to help us keep this practice.

What is fasting?

Fasting is the practice of restricting the amount of food that we eat for the purpose of taming the body and realizing our deeper hunger for God's love and grace. Catholics are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Traditionally, this takes the form of eating only one small meal and two smaller snacks that together do not equal a meal.

How can I enter more deeply into Lent at UP?

Lenten Mini-Retreat Series

April 1: Day of Quiet Prayer at Loyola Jesuit Center
April 14 (Good Friday): Day Pilgrimage/Stations of the Cross to St. Andre Bessette

For details and to sign up, visit our Lenten Retreat Page!

Lenten Fridays in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Reconciliation: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: 4:30 p.m.

Interested in helping with Adoration on Fridays?

Contact Fr. Jim Gallagher, C.S.C. at gallaghe@up.edu

Other Resources

  • Our Prayer & Spirituality page contains resources for your prayer life, including daily reflections and apps you can download to your phone.
  • At this page, you can find additional articles and videos to prompt your reflection.


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