2023 Lenten Season Resources:
- No-Buy Lent, Ignatian Solidarity Network: During this holy season in which we pray, fast, and practice almsgiving, give up buying non-essential items in order to make space for the sacred and to give the planet a rest. Sign up to share your commitment and find short daily inspiration on our Lenten calendar. An accompanying PDF will be provided for folks who prefer not to use the interactive calendar. Take the No-Buy Lent Challenge by registering here.
- Greener Lent: The Diocese of Raleigh, NC is promoting this excellent program designed for Catholics to reduce their impact on the environment through a community Lenten fast. Greener Lent is a Lenten program based on the Lenten Tradition of prayer, fasting and alms giving. Lent is designed to prepare our hearts to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. The carbon equivalents that are avoided from our community fast by faith communities or other organizations are tracked and reported each week by participating community. The money donated to the poor as a result of eating less expensive meals is reported in total for all participants each week. Prayer opportunities and resources are routinely provided to participants. All individuals are welcome to participate! Sign Up beginning on January 14, 2023 and anytime through Lent.
New for 2023: You can choose to participate at your parish or faith community. Encourage members to sign up directly on the Greener Lent website as individuals. NOTE: Parish registration is closed for 2023! Roll out a community-wide Greener Lent program that offers signup within your own parish or faith community on the Greener Lent website. (For more info on community participation go here
- Lenten Resources from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Includes Eco-Examen cards, Creation Ministries of the Rosary, Ecological Way of the Cross, and Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving and more!
- Lenten Reflections, Diocese of Syracuse, Care for our Common Home Task Force: Sunday Gospel reflections for Lent 2023 with a connection to God’s creation.
- Lenten 2023 Resource, Creation Care Ministries: A Lenten daily reflection and action guide will help individuals take time to learn, reflect, repent, ask God for forgiveness, and take concrete steps to change course.
- Creation and the Gaze of Jesus, A Lenten Way of the Cross, offered by the Laudato Si’ Circle: a Creation Care Team at St. Patrick’s Church, Pelham, NH
- Lenten Reflection Guide 2023: Inspired by Laudato Si', Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, fasts, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the experience of Maryknoll missioners who have lived and worked with marginalized communities around the world.
- Lenten Photo Reflections by Sr. Caroljean Willie ,SC, Ph.D., St. Leo the Great Church, Cincinnati, OH. Beautiful photographs accompanied by Laudato Si' quotes and Lenten reflections. Available in English and Spanish.
Lenten Calendars 2023
- Care for Creation 2023 Lenten Calendar, Created by Church of St. Francis Xavier Environment Ministry. Special thanks to Nancy Lorence, Church of St. Francis Xavier, New York City, for preparing these.Available in English and Spanish!
- 2023 Lenten Care for Creation Calendar, Created by Laudato Si’ Ministries of the Diocese of Joliet.
- Laudato Si Movement, 2023 Lent Calendar invites us to reflect and act on issues related to our social and ecological sins each week.
- Interfaith Power and Light (DC-MD-NoVA) 2023 Lenten Calendars (produced in partnership with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and EcoLatinos), They invite you to put one up on the fridge at home, and to photocopy it double-sided and share it with your community as a bulletin insert at an upcoming Sunday service or on Ash Wednesday. Calendars available in English and Spanish.
Other Lenten resources:
- Stations of The Cross - Renew the Earth - Jesuit Refugee Service, USA: The Stations of the Cross is an ancient tradition and a spiritual pilgrimage of accompanying Christ in his passion. While Christ’s Passion existed in history, the Passion continues to play out in modern times. Our sisters and brothers fleeing the damage done by climate change make great sacrifices along their journey to find safety. These Stations of the Cross as a way to walk with Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem, and also to walk with those who have been displaced by the effects of climate change around the world. (Available in English and Spanish)
- Environmental Stations of the Cross, created by the Care for Creation Ministry of Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Seattle, WA (West Seattle).
- Lenten Lament for Creation, West Side Creation Care Team (Cleveland). Includes a Creation Stations of the Cross linking climate change pains to Jesus' sufferings.
- Lenten Reflections on the Care for Creation, daily reflections for the 40 days of Lent. Produced by Fr. Emmet Farrell and edited by Mr. Roman Fernandez, Diocese of San Diego Creation Care Network
- CRS Bring Lent to Life at Home-wonderful resource to help families observe Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl and connect with families throughout the world.
- Creation Care Lenten Study (Earth Ministry)
- EcospiritualityResources.com has several great Lent resources:
1) Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource: This material focuses on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlighting the unity of all creation, current threats to it, relevant Scripture, causes of the problems, and potential solutions. Participants will read and pray with quotes from the document, discuss them and take actions. It also includes suggestions for music and media.
2) Creation Covenant: Lenten Reflections on Integral Ecology: This material focuses on the interconnection of all creation and importance of healthy ecosystems for the present and future wellbeing of all species, including human.
3) Lenten Reflections on Air: This material focuses on the sacred gift of air, the divine Mystery living and acting within that gift, the current quality of air on planet Earth, and how we can respond in faith to this knowledge.
- USCCB information page regarding Good Friday liturgy