Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Lenten Season 2010

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 this year, Catholics begin the 40-day season called Lent which precedes the celebration of Easter, Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

Since the Second Vatican Council, the church has reemphasized the baptismal character of Lent with the restoration of the catechumenate, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

In most Catholic parishes, groups of adults prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil through a process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The traditional Lenten practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving are still observed, but are done so with the purpose of recalling our baptism and in solidarity with those preparing to be baptized and received into the Church.

On these Web pages, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to facilitate your Lenten practice and your journey with Christ.

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