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Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark. "In terms of liturgical significance, it's very minor, but people observe it as overwhelmingly important," Thomas Humphries said. It draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is not a holy day of obligation.

Help a neighbor, visit grandparents as part of Lent, pastor suggests

Sixth-graders got a Lenten sneak preview when their pastor visited class on Valentine's Day.

Lent: A time to live mercy [VIDEO]

Connect with Lenten resources for various age groups and a quick reflection on encountering those who are suffering.

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

Christians must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.

Bishop Olmsted blesses holy oils, priests renew promises at annual Chrism...

In a tradition dating back to the early Church, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted gathered March 30 with his brother priests to bless the oils that will be used in sacraments during the coming year.

Palm Sunday homily: ‘What wondrous love’

Read Bishop Olmsted's homily from Palm Sunday Mass.

Pope Francis’ advice for Holy Week [VIDEO]

Pope Francis spoke about the importance of humility during his Palm Sunday homily at the Vatican March 29.

Oils consecrated at chrism Mass central to church’s sacraments, rituals

From Jerusalem to Rome to parishes around the world, the pope and local bishops will soon carry out the annual custom of preparing and distributing to churches the holy oils.

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel.

Tuning in Holy Week, Easter

A mix of movies and televised Masses and other services to carry you through Holy Week and Easter.