Lent at St. Joseph Cathedral
The “first” Lenten practice is Ash Wednesday Mass on February 14, at 7:30 am, 12 noon and 5 pm. Ash Wednesday is not a “holy day of obligation” but it is a favored way to begin the holy season.
The “mandatory” penances for Lent are fasting and abstinence. Catholics between 18 and 59 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and if over 14 they must also abstain from meat on those days and all other Lenten Fridays.
The most popular “regular” Lenten practices here at the Cathedral include daily Mass Monday through Friday at noontime, and weekly Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 11:30 am.
A special “weekly” Lenten opportunity takes place on the five Wednesdays of Lent between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. From 5 to 6 pm we host a quiet weekly “Holy Hour” in the Cathedral. The Most Holy Eucharist is exposed in the monstrance for adoration, and the time is deliberately kept quiet for everyone’s private prayer and an opportunity for confession; the hour ends with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.