Lenten Schedule

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence rules for Catholics
Lent is a penitential season and Catholics are obliged to observe the various rules of fast and abstinence.

·   Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.

·   Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday and are under 59 years of age are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

This means one full meatless meal is allowed with two other meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength but together not equal to another full meal. No eating between meals When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

·   Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.


Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, nor is Good Friday. The only days of obligation during Lent are the seven Sundays (or, of course, the Saturday evening vigils).

Other Events

14 February, Ash Wednesday 8:30 a.m., School Mass with ashes 12:15 p.m., prayer service with ashes 7 p.m., Mass with ashes


19 March, Monday
8:30 a.m., School Mass for Feast of St. Joseph (no 7:30 a.m. Mass)


21 March, Wednesday
6:30 p.m., Living Stations of the Cross, school gym


27 March, Tuesday
7:30 p.m., Chrism Mass, St. Maria Goretti, Madison


29 March, Holy Thursday
7 p.m., Mass of the Last Supper


30  March, Good Friday 12:15 p.m., Passion of the Lord 7:30 p.m., Tenebrae

31  March, Holy Saturday 10 a.m., Bless Easter food baskets 8 p.m., Vigil Mass


1 April, Easter Sunday
Masses at 7:30, 9, and  10:30 a.m.


9 a.m. every Saturday

27 February, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Communal Reconciliation


Stations of the Cross Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. Fridays at 12:15 p.m.

Fridays with school children at 2:20 p.m. (except March 30)


Fish fries

16 February, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

9 March, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

23 March, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Reconciliation Elsewhere

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Portage, 28 February, 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.


Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, 21 March, 6:30 p.m.; and half an hour before weekend Masses


St. Cecilia, Wisconsin Dells, 14 March, Wednesday, 6 p.m.;  Saturdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and half an hour before every scheduled Mass.

St. Mary Health of the Sick, Merrimac/Durward’s Glen—Durward’s Glen, Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8 a.m. St. Mary’s, Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.; Saturdays, 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.; Sundays, 9 to 9:20 a.m.

St. Aloysius, Sauk City, weekdays, 7:15 to 8:05 a.m.; Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 to 7:50 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.; Sundays, all morning, even during Masses, except for short breaks after each Mass.

St. Norbert, Roxbury, weekdays, 7:15 to 7:50 a.m.; Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 to 3:50 p.m.; Sundays, 7 to 7:50 a.m. and before and after the 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Latin Mass