The goal of our Lenten journey


This year, Lent begins on March 1 as we observe Ash Wednesday. It continues through the afternoon of Holy Thursday, April 13, and ends as we begin the Sacred Paschal Triduum on Holy Thursday evening with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Video clip: Ash Wednesday and Lent in two minutes

Lenten Fasting Regulations


Help children enter into the spirit of Lent with Lenten Family Focus 2017.

The season of preparation for baptism is upon us. With the catechumens, who become the elect when the bishop calls them to the sacraments of initiation (NOTE: One ‘Ohana is Hawaiian for one, big, extended family), we enter a time of renewal, founded on The Three Pillars of Lent:
These penitential practices prepare us to renew our own baptismal commitment during the Sacred Paschal (Easter) Triduum. It’s a good time to review and renew our Baptismal Promises (printable).

We pay special attention during this season to the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation.

Pope Francis speaks to us about Lent.



The scripture readings at Mass are arranged in a three-year cycle. This is Year A, the year of Saint Matthew, when his Gospel is read more often than the others.You can see how the Gospel of Matthew is distributed throughout the year HERE. You can see which scriptures are proclaimed with this chart of Readings for the Sundays of Lent.


At Saint Jude Church we observe the season in many ways, all in preparation for our celebration of the Paschal Mystery in the Sacred Paschal Triduum. Why not print for your fridge, or transfer to your phone, our Saint Jude Lent-Triduum Calendar 2017

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Here’s our schedule of Confessions
Monday – Friday 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Saturday 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. – Parish Lenten Penance Service (see below)
Additional during Holy Week:
—Monday, April 10 / Tuesday, April 11 / Wednesday, April 12 – 5:00-5:50 p.m.
How do we make a good confession? What if we haven’t been for a while?

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK: On Sunday, March 12, at 12:15 p.m., we have a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

LENTEN PROGRAM: Join us on Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21.
Mass in church at 6:00 p.m.
Soup in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.

LENT MUSIC AND PRAYER SERVICE: Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.


Don’t forget our SAINT JUDE FRIDAYS with Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Stations of the Cross at 1:00 p.m.
Mass at 6:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross (after Mass) at 6:30 p.m.

You will find VIDEO STATIONS OF THE CROSS on our liturgy pages throughout the season. The first station is on Ash Wednesday and the Stations continue on each Sunday of Lent and throughout Holy Week. We pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent and throughout the year. Where did they come from?

During the Triduum, we observe the PASCHAL WATCH, in the church and at home, as we keep vigil, marking these days as an annual time of retreat and reflection. It’s important that people be in the church, in prayer and reflection, between the liturgical services, from immediately after the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, until Easter Sunday afternoon. Suggestions for your individual prayer watching in church, or for use at home, you’ll find HERE: Paschal Watch Prayer 2017



How did Lent begin and how did it develop to our way of keeping the season? What are some customs we can follow to keep this season holy? How can we find joy in almsgiving?

Begin meals with a Lenten Meal Prayer. How about Lenten recipes? How about some more ideas for your kitchen?

Could you use a Confession reminder for children?
Can we pray the Stations of the Cross with children? You can print them or use this online version.

Follow the flow of the season’s Sundays and other commemorations using the list to the right, or the full liturgical calendar below.


View Full Liturgical Calendar

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