Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, is the forty-day period of spiritual renewal that helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ—that is, his Passion, Death and Resurrection. It is a time for prayer, sacrifice, and works of charity for others. It is a time to turn away from sinfulness and evil -to have a change of heart- in preparation for the joyous celebration of Easter. The word Lent comes from the middle English lente and the German lenz which means spring.



Taunton Deanery Lenten Mission
March 28 – 31

The first three evenings will feature a  7 p.m. Mass with a homily by Deacon Christopher Paul, Director of Adult & Child Discipleship in the Diocesan Secretariat for the New Evangelization. The final evening will offer a 7 p.m. Communal Penance Service with Confession. Recitation of the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. will precede each session. Mar. 28 & 29: St. Ann Church, Raynham;
Mar. 30 & 31: St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Taunton

Fall River Deanery Lenten Mission
April 4 – 7

Franciscan Father Richard Martignetti will preach this mission. Fr. Martignetti is director of campus ministry at Ave Maria University and a frequent Steubenville conference speaker. Each evening will feature 6 p.m. Confessions and a 7 p.m. Mass at a different church in Fall River:
Apr. 4: Holy Trinity Church; Apr. 5: St Joseph Church; Apr. 6: Holy Name Church; Apr. 7: St Anthony of the Desert Maronite Church

Pray: The Story of Father Patrick Peyton • Family Prayer Book • Family Prayer Journal

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Fasting and Abstinence

Please check this page periodically as additional resources will be posted. Also, visit the diocesan web calendar for information including parish-sponsored missions, retreats, and other Lenten programs, as well as The Anchor, the diocesan newspaper.