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 (March 1, 2017) 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 (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14, 2017) 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
Wednesdays during Lent
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Every Wednesday evening during Lent there will be two Redemptorists available for confession in the Basilica. One priest will be in the confessional and the other priest will be offering the sacrament face-to-face at a private area set up near the Purgatorian altar (to the right of the main altar).
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.
Cuaresma Día de Retiro (Spanish Retreat)
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
¡Marque la fecha! Lo invitamos a unirse a nosotros el sábado 1 de abril para nuestro Cuaresma Día de Retiro en el Centro Parroquial a partir de las 9:00 am.
Lenten Fish Dinner
Friday, April 7, 2017
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, April 3rd.