Lent 2019

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.

Lenten Regulations

Abstinence -Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019) 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 6, 2019) and Good Friday (April 19, 2019) 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

7:00 PM

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.

Parish Lenten Retreat

Saturday, March 30, 2019

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fr. Dabney 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 30th from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Save the date and join us as we come together as a community.

Cuaresma Día de Retiro (Spanish Retreat)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

¡Marque la fecha! Lo invitamos a unirse a nosotros el sábado 23 de marzo para nuestro Cuaresma Día de Retiro en el Centro Parroquial a partir de las 9:00 am.

Lenten Fish Dinner

Friday, April 12, 2019

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 8th.