Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development



February 10 - March 26, 2016

March 20, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

  • Masses at 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

March 23, Wednesday of Holy Week

  • Mass at 12:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Evening Prayer in the style of Taizé at 9:30 p.m.

March 24, Holy Thursday

  • Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:00 p.m.
    Chapel open for Eucharistic Adoration until midnight
    No other Masses will be celebrated on this day.

March 25, Good Friday

  • Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 p.m.
    No other liturgies will be celebrated on this day.

March 26, Holy Saturday

  • The Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.

March 27, Easter Sunday

  • Mass at 10:30 a.m.
    No other Masses will be celebrated on this day

To download a brochure listing all the events click here: Lent_2016

  • Tuesday Evening Mass at Water Tower Campus 9 p.m. in All Saints Chapel

  • Feb 14   Busy Students’ Retreat Opening Mass at 5:00 p.m. in MDS Chapel 
    Attend the opening Mass for the retreat and then take time throughout Lent to pray and seek spiritual direction from trusted mentors. Contact Tina Cisarik, ccisarik@luc.edu.
  • Feb 16 Agapé Latté at 7:30 p.m. in The Damen Den
    Come for an inspirational message by Natasha and K.C. Mmeje, and enjoy coffee and dessert.
  • Feb 17   Taizé Prayer around the Cross at 9:30 p.m. in MDS Chapel
    Reflect on the meaning of the cross through word and song during this special ecumenical prayer service
  • Feb 23   Candlelit Stations of the Cross at 9:00 p.m. in MDS Chapel
    Pray and sing by candlelight as you retrace Jesus’ journey to the Cross with traditional prayers and music.
  • Feb 27   On-campus Retreat from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Damen 217 and MDS Chapel
    Pray popular devotions like the Divine Office, Rosary, and Stations of the Cross during this one day retreat on campus. Free materials and lunch included. Contact Dr. Salay, jsalay@luc.edu.
  • Mar 3    Fasting, Food, and Faith from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Damen 217
    Join Loyola’s Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant students in a discussion about the role fasting and food plays in their faith lives. Free vegan lunch
  • Mar 14  IGNITE Eucharistic Adoration at 8:00 p.m. in MDS Chapel
    Pray before Christ, present in the Eucharist and join others in Christian praise and worship music with the opportunity to go to confession
  • Mar 16  Taizé Prayer around the Cross at 9:30 p.m. in MDS Chapel
    Reflect on the meaning of the cross through word and song during this special ecumenical prayer service
  • Mar 21  Via Crucis at 7:00 p.m. Beginning in MDS  Chapel
    Join us for this annual bilingual Stations of the Cross Service with a special focus on praying for compassionate immigration reform.
  • Mar 23  Holy Week Confessions: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. MDS Chapel
    Prepare for Easter by going to Confession during Holy Week. Multiple priests will be available.

Throughout the season of Lent we offer the following:

Guidelines for Fasting: Many Christians fast by “giving up” something for Lent. Catholics who are fourteen years old and older must abstain from meat (e.g., beef, chicken, etc.) every Friday during Lent, although eggs and dairy products are permitted. 

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics who are eighteen to fifty-nine years old must fast by eating only one meatless meal. Two other small meals are permitted as long as they together do not amount to a full meal (Canons 97, 1251-1252).

For Greek Orthodox Christians’ guidelines for fasting during Great Lent, click here.


University Employee Devotions: Loyola University's Mission and Identity will offer communal, campus reflections on our Lenten journeys. Employees who are interested in joining these communal reflections should email Chris Murphy


Reflections on Race: Click here for Bishop Edward K. Braxton's Reflection_on_the_Racial_Divide‌.


Ignatian Solidarity Network's Daily Reflections: Follow the link to an online reflection series entitled "Lift Every Voice: A Lenten Journey Toward Racial Justice." From Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, there will be a daily reflection reflecting on America’s “original sin of racism” through the lens of Ignatian spirituality and the daily liturgical readings. The blog will bring together writers from across the Jesuit network to 1.) lament racial injustice in our communities 2.) reflect on how the Gospel calls us to repent, pray, and act in solidarity with those marginalized by racial injustice, thus moving us toward hope. Individuals can subscribe to receive the daily reflections via e-mail here.

All of the following liturgies include the blessing and distribution of ashes.

Madonna della Strada Chapel, Lake Shore Campus

  • 9:30 a.m.      Service of the Word
  • 10:30 a.m.    Service of the Word
  • 12:00 p.m.    Mass
  • 3:00 p.m.      Service of the Word
  • 4:15 p.m.      Service of the Word
  • 5:15 p.m.      Mass
  • 9:00 p.m.      Mass

Water Tower Campus

  • 11:30 a.m.    Mass at St. James Chapel
  • 5:15 p.m.      Mass at Power, Rogers and Smith Courtroom (Corboy 10th Floor)

Health Sciences Campus                                                                                                     

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass at SSOM 250
  • 5:00 p.m. Prayer Service at SSOM 250

Lent is a forty day period of time during which Christians devote themselves to prayer, fasting, and works of mercy as a way of preparing themselves to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter. Originally a time of preparation for those who would be baptized on Easter, Lent gradually became a time when those who had left the practice of their faith would return to Christ and the Church. Today, Lent offers Christians an opportunity to prepare themselves to recommit to their baptismal promises at Easter by returning to the basic practices of their faith during Lent.

NOW is the time . . .

. . . to pray, fast, and give.

(See 2 Corinthians 6:2a)