Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel



Lent is like a pre-Easter retreat in which we do special things that keep us focused and prepare us to walk with Jesus through his passion, death, and resurrection. Christians traditionally observe Lent with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These disciplines are in no way meant to be an indulgence in masochism or self-punishment or self-improvement. They are meant to lead us back to the grace we received in Baptism.


How can I pray more?
Try taking more time for quiet. Stop in at the Chapel of the Holy Family, or the Eucharistic Chapel in the AMU, or St. Joan of Arc to be quiet with the Lord. Do some "spiritual reading." The Memorial Library has a good selection of books on the lives of the saints, prayer styles, and reflection. Campus Ministry also has a small lending library. Just stop in AMU 236 and ask at the front desk if you can see the selection and check out a book or two.


Why should I fast? Fasting is a discipline Christians use - just as Jesus did - to lead us back to the fervor of our baptism when we put on Christ and vowed to follow Him. Our fasting reminds us to be more Christ-like in our everyday lives. “By denying ourselves food at certain times, we recall the reality of hunger, the needs of the poor, and our citizenship in the heavenly kingdom by moving ourselves away from an unhealthy focus on material goods and their consumption and intentionally changing our body’s focus.” (Blaha, Lenten Disciplines)

What are the Church Laws on fasting and abstinence during Lent?


Why should I give alms? Almsgiving helps us to focus on someone else's needs instead of our own. Lent is not a personal spiritual workout; it is a communal experience of renewal and a recommitment to our Catholic beliefs and mission. Students attending Masses sponsored by Campus Ministry during Lent will have the chance to contribute to St. Ben’s Community Meal and the Heifer Project.


Campus Ministry

The office of Campus Ministry is located in room 236 of the Alumni Memorial Union. A dedicated staff is available throughout the day to provide you with a wealth of information. If you are searching for a worship space, they can help you find a suitable space on or off campus. They can also inform you of the many service opportunities we offer. Read More ...