Lent 2020

Deepen your faith this Lent by joining the University community in prayer (with many opportunities to make a retreat), fasting, and almsgiving.


  • Student in Prayer on Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday: February 26

    Ash Wednesday Masses
    Law School Courtroom - 8:00 a.m.
    Law School Courtroom - 12:20 p.m.
    Maloney Hall, Della Ratta Auditorium - 12:35 p.m.
    Law School Courtroom - 5:00 p.m.
    Caldwell Auditorium - 5:10 p.m.
    St. Vincent Chapel - 9:00 p.m. (no 10:30 p.m. Mass)

    Liturgy of the Word with Ash Distribution (No Mass)
    Caldwell (St. Paul) Chapel - 8:00 a.m.

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    Eucharistic Adoration During Lent

    February 27 - April 8: Caldwell Chapel

    The Blessed Sacrament will be displayed in Caldwell Chapel for Lenten adoration Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m. on Fridays), beginning Thursday, February 27. Individuals may sign up for spots on the board located in the back of Caldwell Chapel.

    March 6 and April 3 (First Fridays): St. Michael Chapel, Maloney Hall

    There will be a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Fridays of March 6 and April 3, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, in St. Michael Chapel, Maloney Hall.

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    Stations of the Cross

    Fridays: February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 - 4:30 p.m., Caldwell Chapel

    Members of the University community will pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 4:30 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. All are welcome to join in this special Lenten devotion.

    Campus-Wide Stations - Monday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.

    A campus-wide Stations of the Cross will be prayer on Monday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m., beginning outside the Office of Campus Ministry. All are invited to participate in this devotion.

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    Residence Hall Confessions

    Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Lent is an important time to reflect on God's mercy through the sacrament of reconciliation. In preparation for Easter, confessions will be heard in each residence hall on Tuesday, March 31, from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

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    Graduate Faith Community: The Seven D's of Discipleship

    Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m
    Caldwell Hall, Office of Campus Ministry (Lounge)

    Journey with us during the season of Lent as we explore the seven aspects of what it means to be a disciple today.  Share faith, food and fellowship.

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    St. Oscar Romero: Memorial Mass and Reflection

    Tuesday, March 24 - 12:35 p.m. - Maloney Hall

    Join us for for Holy Mass at St. Michael Chapel (Maloney Hall), in memorial of St. Oscar Romero, followed by a lunch of pupusas and a panel discussion about the life of the Saint.

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    Marian Day of Reflection

    Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Caldwell Chapel

    Start your Lent with prayer as we reflect on the Saving event of Calvary, standing with Mary at the Foot of the Cross: Behold, Your Mother! A Marian Day of Reflection. Holy Mass, Rosary, silent prayer, reflective talks, and Eucharistic Aoration. The day starts at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel.

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    St. Joseph Evening of Reflection

    Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m., Caldwell Chapel

    Come join us as we gather in prayer and reflect on the significance of St. Joseph in our lives and in the Church. 


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    Lenten Retreat for Undergraduate Students

    Friday, March 27 - Sunday, March 29

    Join fellow undergraduate students for a weekend getaway to reflect on the season of Lent and how we are preparing for Easter. This retreat will be focusing on Prayer, Fasting, and Giving and how we accompany each other in this endeavor.  There will be opportunity for prayer, quiet reflection, and rest. Sign up here! E-mail Pat Fricchine (fricchione@cua.edu) with any questions.

Fasting and Abstinence

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence for members of the Catholic Church.

    Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat for members of the Church.

    Fasting is eating only one full meal and two partial meals and not eating in between meals. Abstinence is refraining from eating meat.

    Pope Francis encourages other forms of fasting:

    Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
    Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
    Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
    Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
    Fast from worries and trust in God.
    Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
    Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
    Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
    Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
    Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
    Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.


  • CRS Rice Bowl

    CRS Rice Bowl

    Wednesday, February 26, and Sundays During Lent 

    Each year, Catholic Relief Services provides Lenten Rice Bowls to parishes throughout the country. With CRS Rice Bowl, we commit our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to deepening our faith and serving those in need. Click here to learn more and reflect on the stories of hope from those that CRS serves.

    Pick up your Rice Bowl after Mass on Ash Wednesday and Sundays during Lent.

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    Little Sisters of the Poor

    Mondays - Thursdays, 6:45 p.m.

    This Lent, offer some time to make a difference in the life of an elderly person. Come engage in conversation, play games, make music, or share one of your talents with the residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor. We are in real need of more volunteers, and the residents are always so grateful for the friendship they receive from CUA students. We meet up at the Office of Campus Ministry each Monday - Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

  • Homeless Food Runs

    Homeless Food Runs

    Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Hand out food and engage with our friends who are currently experiencing homelessness. Meet at the Office of Campus Ministry.

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    S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat)

    Tuesdays - Thursdays, 6:30 a.m.

    Serve breakfast at S.O.M.E. to those experiencing homelessness. Volunteers pass out food, pour coffee, and chat with guests in the dining room Tuesdays through Thursdays. We leave the Office of Campus Ministry at 6:30 a.m. and return by 9:00 a.m.

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    Pop-Up Pantry Donations

    Donations to the Pop-Up Pantry are welcome and appreciated. Monetary donations will be used towards buying supplies for the next pop-up pantry. Donations can also be made in the form of non-perishable goods. Requested items include hygiene products, organic/low-sodium canned goods, granola bars, cereal, tuna, canned soups, and healthy snack options. Bring donations to the Office of Campus Ministry or to one of the Pop-Up Pantries. 

    Visit the Pop-Up Pantry page for of dates, times and locations when the Pop-up Pantry is available. During Lent 2020, the Pop-Up Pantry will be available on Wednesday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., in Pryz 315; and on Tuesday, March 31, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., in Pangborn 326.

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    St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families

    Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    Host a party at St. Ann's, a home for young mothers and their children who are at risk of homelessness. Meet at the Office of Campus Ministry at 5:30 p.m. to join the fun!

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    Bethlehem House

    Wednesday, March 25, 5:45 p.m.

    Join us for Mass and supper with our friends at Bethlehem House, a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Office of Campus Ministry.

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    Spring to CUA

    Sunday, April 5 - 12:00 Noon, University Lawn

    Every year the University holds a spring carnival for CUA and Brookland families. We need your help running games, crafts, and an egg hunt for the kids!

    You can sign up as an individual volunteer or sponsor an activity table with a student organization. Look out for the registration form at service.catholic.edu