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Lent 2024

Are you giving something up this Lent, or are you doing something extra? Are you trying to figure out where to attend Stations of the Cross or eat fried fish? What are fasting and abstinence anyway?

Arkansas Catholic's Lent 2024 section will help you figure out how to deepen your faith and create a more prayerful life at home and in your parish. 


Test your knowledge: Arkansas Catholic’s Lenten Quiz

Malea Hargett, Published: February 21, 2024   

How much do you know about how the Catholic Church celebrates Lent? Take our quiz and test your knowledge. For the answers, click this link.   1. Lent is not particularly a season about: a. Fasting b. Prayer c. The rosary    2. Lent ends on Holy Thursday at: a. sundown b. 3 p.m. c. sunrise   3. What do we learn through fasting? a. self-awareness b. self-control c. selfishness   4. Abstaining from meat means not eating: a. Soups and gravies made from meat b. Lobster c. Shrimp   5. In Lent, the faithful are called More... 

Parishes are deepening faith, bonds during revival year

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: February 15, 2024      

As the sun rose June 11, 2023, Catholics had the opportunity to celebrate not one, but two special occasions. Sharing the same day as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi was the inauguration of the Parish Revival Year. The Parish Revival year is the second year of a three-year initiative by U.S. bishops designed to inspire, educate and unite Catholics in Jesus and the Eucharist. This three-year revival, known as the National Eucharistic Revival, started June 11, More... 

How to create a more prayerful life this Lenten season

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: February 14, 2024      

Lent is a time of reflection to deepen one’s faith and join Christ on the journey to the cross.  While some Catholics may be looking to give up sweets and sodas, other Catholics may be looking to do something more, such as creating a more prayerful life.  Priests, deacons, monks, sisters and lay spiritual directors offered their suggestions on ways to be more prayerful this Lent and what to do if you fall short.   Doing what works for More... 

Parishes organizing events to enrich your Lenten season

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: February 13, 2024   

Parishes are hosting Stations of the Cross, Lenten meals and missions for Lent to enrich parishioners’ faith lives. Contact the parishes for more details.    Batesville St. Mary Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m., every Friday during Lent; Lenten Lunch Service, noon, Feb. 21   Barling Sacred Heart of Mary Stations of the Cross and Lenten meal, 5:30 p.m., every Friday during Lent   Bella Vista St. Bernard Stations of the Cross, 4:30 p.m., every Friday during Lent; Lenten mission on the Eucharist with Stephen Binz, 8:30 More... 

Fasting and abstinence observed throughout Lenten time

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: February 13, 2024   

As we enter into the season of Lent, it is helpful to recall the discipline of the Church with regard to fasting, abstinence and other forms of penance.   1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting allows one full meal and two smaller ones. The law of abstinence prohibits the eating of meat. 2. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. 3. The obligation of More...