Lent: A Time of Renewal

Lent 2022 starts on Ash Wednesday, March 2, and lasts until the beginning of the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, followed by the Triduum and Easter. Lent is a time to renew our faith. What will you do this Lent to grow closer to Jesus?

Lent: a time of renewal

In this video, Archbishop Etienne invites you to renew your faith in Jesus Christ this Lent.  After watching the video, scroll down to find ways to renew your faith and grow closer to Jesus this Lent.

For Bishop Elizondo's Lenten video in Spanish, click here.  

Fasting and Abstinence Guidelines

In addition to fasting from food, there are other ways to fast that can help us renew our faith in Jesus, like time on our screens and social media.  The point is to use whatever we give up as an opportunity to offer it to Jesus and grow closer to him.

What's that dirt on your head?  Why can't you eat pepperoni pizza on Fridays?  Click here for six common questions Catholics hear during Lent and some answers to have ready.

Fasting guidelines Lent 2022

Need a Lent refresher?  The USCCB does a good overview of Lent here.  Or you may want to check out this Lent 101 article.

Archbishop Etienne's reflections and homilies

Read reflections from Archbishop Etienne for every Sunday of Lent and homilies from Holy Week.

Palm Sunday homily

Holy Thursday homily

Easter Vigil homily


Lenten resources

The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Below are resources and inspiration to help.

Lenten encouragement

Finding yourself losing momentum or motivation this Lent or veering off track from your Lenten resolutions?  Here is some encouragement to help.

The hard work of Lent

"Lent is a “hard thing.” An entire season of hard things, in fact. Fasting and sacrifice. Generosity, perhaps when we don't want to be generous. A season for prayer, even (and especially) when we don’t have much to say."  Click to read more from Northwest Catholic

Holding out until the end

We start Lent with resolutions but can be easily discouraged, especially when the culture and daily life continually distract us. "We can take heart that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, has gone before us in seeing trials and challenges through to the end."  Click to read more from Northwest Catholic

Lent and Easter Liturgies with Archbishop Etienne

Join Archbishop Etienne for Ash Wednesday and the Easter Triduum Liturgies-- Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, and Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord.  Click here to learn more about the Triduum.

Date: March 2
Time: 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Join Archbishop Etienne for Ash Wednesday Mass.

Date: April 10
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: St. James Cathedral

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion is the final Sunday of Lent and marks the beginning of Holy Week. Join Archbishop Etienne...

Date: April 14
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper with Jesus and his apostles. Join Archbishop Etienne for the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper...

Date: April 15
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Join Archbishop Etienne on Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord.

Date: April 16
Time: 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

The Easter Vigil is celebrated on the night before Easter Sunday, an ancient liturgy full of rich tradition. Join Archbishop Etienne for the Easter Vigil.

Date: April 17
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Easter Sunday celebrates the Lord's resurrection from the dead and his victory over death. Join Archbishop Etienne for Easter Sunday Mass.

Stations of the Cross

This video features images of the Stations of the Cross from parishes around the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Take a couple minutes to watch and reflect on how as Catholics, we all unite to walk with Jesus through His Passion.


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What's after Lent? Easter!

Easter Sunday kicks off the Easter Season, which lasts a full 50 days.  Click here for ways to celebrate.