The Basilica welcomes and invites you to join us throughout Lent, as we are reminded of the Paschal Mystery in Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. During this season of preparation, Lent helps to deepen our faith by our individual and common acts of prayer, fasting and sacrifice.
Abstinence -Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) and on all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence,meat may not be used at all.
Fast – Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) and Good Friday (March 30, 2018) meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.
Regarding other weekdays of Lent, participation in daily Mass and the voluntary observance of fasting is recommended. Commendable, particularly during Lent, is generosity to local, national and world programs of sharing our abundance, the traditional Lenten Devotions and all the self-denial summed up in the Christian concept of “mortification.”
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday-Saturday at 11:50am, Saturdays at 3:30pm and by Appointment
Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings during Lent
Every Friday evening during Lent, there will be the Stations of the Cross in the Basilica. People are invited to walk the Way of the Cross with the priests and seminarians.
Parish Lenten Retreat
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:45 PM
Fr. Dabeny will lead a parish day of reflection to focus on Lent as a season of healing and hope in the Parish Center on Saturday, March 3rd. Save the date and join as we come together as a community.
Cuaresma Día de Retiro (Spanish Retreat)
Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
¡Marque la fecha! Lo invitamos a unirse a nosotros el sábado 17 de marzo para nuestro Cuaresma Día de Retiro en el Centro Parroquial a partir de las 9:00 am.
Lenten Fish Dinner
Friday, March 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Our annual fish dinner will be held in the Parish Center. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). To make reservations, call 617-445-2600. Reservations will be taken until Monday, March 19th.