The Opportunity of Lent

Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. Signifying the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert after His baptism, it is a penitential season marked by prayer, fasting and abstinence, and almsgiving.

Lent is not necessarily about “giving something up” for 40 days only to return to it on day 41 or afterward, but is a period of ongoing conversion so that we may draw closer to Jesus. When we repent for our sins and then make a permanent — rather than temporary — change in our lifestyle, a spiritual transformation can take place. At the heart of repentance lies the call to conversion. Repent and believe in the Gospel!

Lent presents us with an opportunity to lay aside the distractions of this world in order to concentrate on our relationship with God.  Join us this Lent as we grow in faith!

Click here to hear Bishop Talley's Lenten Season message.

Traditional Lenten Practices

To read about fasting, abstinence and traditional Lenten practices Click here.


Through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, the Church offers followers of Christ an opportunity to share in God’s merciful love and be renewed in the community of the Church. Following the cross can often be difficult, but the guarantee of the cross is that sin and evil will be overcome. Acknowledging sin is a step forward in the Christian life. Whenever we turn to God in sorrow, God always meets us with forgiveness and healing.  We invite you to participate in this Sacrament and experience God’s Mercy. If it's been a while and you need to refresh yourself on the sacrament go here.

Please check the Calendar for confession days and times.

Stations of the Cross

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stations of the Cross will not be held in the Cathedral. We encourage you, however, to visit the Diocese of Memphis' website for links to daily spirituality exercises as well as video messages from Bishop David Talley.

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed, as usual, on Fridays of Lent at 6:30pm, following the KofC Fish Fry.

At the end of the Stations of the Cross, however, we will also have the opportunity for a blessing and veneration of a Relic of the True Cross! When the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, he sent his mother, St. Helena to the Holy Land to retrieve the items associated with the Passion of the Lord. After research and investigation (according to Jewish custom, the items associated with a person’s death were buried near the place of death/burial) the relics of the Passion (includingthe Cross itself, the Crown of Thorns, Nails, Lance, INRI sign, etc.) where unearthed and brought back to Rome and enshrined in a church built by Constantine which is still standing today — the Church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It is titled “in Jerusalem” because, along with the relics of the Passion, St. Helena also brought back tons and tons of soil from Jerusalem to build the church “on Jerusalem soil.” We happen to have a Relic of the Cross here at the Cathedral and it will be exposed for prayer before and during the Stations of the Cross. At the end of the Stations, the priest or deacon leading the Stations will give a blessing with the Relic and stand with it in front of the Altar for people to come up and venerate it (kiss it, touch it, genuflect before it) if they so wish. Traditionally, a genuflection is made to a Relic of the True Cross or to the Cross on Good Friday. Although we do not “worship” the Relic or the Cross as we worship the Blessed Sacrament, the genuflection is the most profound reverence we can make to the instrument of our salvation.


Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl

Be sure to pick up your rice bowl.  As you make your sacrifices during Lent, fill the rice bowl and return it on Holy Thursday - rice bowls will be collected during our Mass of the Lord's Supper.  To learn more - go to the CRS Rice Bowl Website.