Lent 2024 at St. Louis and St. Francis of Assisi Pastorate
February 14 - March 28, 2024
- 2024 Daily Lent Reflection Calendar - English
- 2024 Daily Lent Reflection Calendar - Spanish (Calendario de Cuaresma)
- FORMED® Lent - A collection of curated content to help journey through this Lenten season
- Apps for Lectio Divina
- Night Prayer - Night Prayer, also known as the Compline, is a traditional Catholic prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours that can be recited before bed. It consists of various psalms and prayers that help calm the mind and bring a sense of peace and tranquility before sleep.
Click here for a PDF version of our Lent 2024 Schedule
The St. Louis Stone Chapel is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm for private prayer.
Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance is on Sundays from 8:30 am - 6:30 pm in the St. Louis Stone Chapel. We close Adoration with Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm followed by Benediction.
Fasting & Abstinence
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until age 59. Abstinence from meat is binding for ages 14 and up. Individuals who are pregnant, nursing, or ill are excused from these norms.
Meatless Meals & Other Sacrifices
During the Fridays of Lent, embracing meatless meals becomes a practice of simplicity and sacrifice, urging us to be generosity to those less fortunate through acts of charity. While the traditional fasting approach involves abstaining from food or drink, choosing to forego distractions that consume our time allows us to cultivate positive habits and regain control over our lives – a control essential for saying "Yes" to God. Instead of indulging in television, video games, or social media consider redirecting that time towards meaningful moments with loved ones, quiet prayer with God, or engaging in acts of service to others.
Ways to Give
Almsgiving is closely tied to fasting – whatever we save (money or time) should be offered to the needy. For ideas on ways to serve, visit our Ministries & Groups section of the website.
Help support those in need by contributing to our Poor Box during Lent. The pastorate receives numerous requests each day for help. Your donations support the great works of St. Louis and St. Francis of Assisi pastorate in meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters. Thank you for your continued generosity!