Lent: Reflect and Renew

Lent 2024 starts on Ash Wednesday, February 14, and lasts until the beginning of the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. Reflect and renew with us every week throughout Lent as we add new Lenten reflections and prayers.

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.

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

Weekly Lenten Reflections

Check back every week for a new Lenten Reflection exercise, with prayer, a reading, reflection questions, and petitions.

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Reflect and Renew

Lent calls us to conversion through the three pillars of 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.

Fasting: Connecting to joy

How can fasting fill us with joy? It just makes me hungry and cranky.” Learn how fasting can bring joy and the different ways we can fast.   Click to read more from Northwest Catholic

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

Really praying in Lent

“I wish I could pray better” or “I don’t know how to really pray.”  Read about how prayer is about a relationship with the Lord.   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.

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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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Small Group Lenten Reflection Guide

The Archdiocese of Seattle created a five-week small group reflection guide, “Reflect and Renew, Encountering Christ this Lent,” which includes Scripture readings, prayer and reflections.  Use this for your family or faith group

Single page guide in English and Spanish

Printable booklet in English and Spanish

Add Lenten inspiration to your social feed

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