Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development


March 1, 2017 - April 15, 2017

April 9, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

  • Masses at 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

April 12, 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.

April 13, 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.

April 14, Good Friday

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

April 15, Holy Saturday

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

April 16, Easter Sunday

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

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.

Loyola University's Mission Office: Daily Reflection for Univeristy employees on themes from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Each week there will be time for those who wish to gather during the lunch hour for a short prayer and shared reflections on the insights or fruit of the past week reflections. The daily reflections begin on Monday, February 27. To receive the reflection material and register for the weekly sessions please contact Chris Murphy.

Ignatian Solidarity Network Reflections: "Rise Up! A Lenten Call to Solidarity." From Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, they will offer a daily reflection exploring response to injustice through the lens of daily readings and Ignatian spirituality. Uniting voices engaged in work for racial equality, criminal justice reform, alleviation of poverty, and environmental justice, we seek to understand one another’s stories, to individually and collectively rise up to engage in the work of building a more just and peaceful world.

Throughout the season of Lent we offer the following:

February 28 Throughout Lent | The Busy Students' Retreat

Take time throughout Lent to pray and seek spiritual direction from trusted mentors. Begin the retreat with an opening breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on February 28 or at 8:00 a.m. on March 2. To register, contact Jermaine Pearson.

March 14 | Advocate Refugees: "Children of Syria" Screening
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Damen Cinema

Learn more about the refugee crisis by watching a documentary that follows four Syrian children from their struggle to live in war-torn Aleppo to the beginning of their new lives as refugees in Germany. You will also have an opportunity to take action to support refugees, including the Louise and Kabwe Family, who are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo now living in Chicago with support from Loyola University.

March 18 | Praying Through the Darkness: On Campus Retreat
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Damen 217 and MDS Chapel

Learn how to pray when God seems absent by using time-honored forms of Catholic prayer and meditating on how even the greatest saints kept praying through dark times. Free materials and vegetarian lunch included. Register for free using this online form.

March 21 | Agapé Latté
7:30 p.m. in Damen Den

Hear stories of love, faith, and life, and enjoy some coffee, tea, and dessert!

March 22 | Taizé Prayer Around the Cross
9:30 p.m. in MDS Chapel

Reflect on the meaning of the cross through word and song during this special ecumenical prayer service.

March 27 | A Night to Remember: The Spiritual Significance of Passover
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Damen 217

 The Jewish holiday of Passover is a family ceremony to retell the Exodus story and renew the covenant. Join us for an interactive explanation of how Jews celebrate Passover and what it is all about led by Hillel's Rabbi Seth Winberg and Anna Weinstein.

March 28 | Candlelit Stations of the Cross
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.

April 3 | IGNITE Eucharistic Adoration
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.

April 5 | Taizé Prayer Around the Cross
9:30 p.m. in MDS Chapel

Reflect on the meaning of the cross through word and song during this special ecumenical prayer service.

April 10 | Via Crucis
7:00 p.m. Begins at MDS Chapel

Join us for the annual bilingual Stations of the Cross Service with a special focus on praying for compassionate immigration reform.

April 12 | Holy Week Confessions
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in MDS Chapel

Prepare for Easter by going to Confession during Holy Week. Multiple priests will be available.


Mondays | Evening Prayer (Vespers)
5:00 - 5:15 p.m. in MDS Chapel

Join us on Mondays, beginning March 13, for a brief liturgy of psalms, readings, and prayers to mark the evening hour. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays | St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen
3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Meet in Damen 232

Volunteer at St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen to prepare, serve, and share a meal. Meet in Damen 232 with your U-Pass, appropriate clothing (no shorts), and closed-toe shoes. For more info, visit LUC.edu/serve.

March 1 - 31 | Unified in Diversity Art Gallery
Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Damen 217

Unified in Diversity illuminates the Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM) topic of human migration. Come visit the display of student art that conveys stories of immigrants and refugees, celebrate diversity, and expresses the Catholic Church's call for solidarity with "the stranger."

Serve On Your Own!

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Rosary | Tuesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m., SSOM 250

Lectio Divina | Monday, March 20, 11:30 a.m., SSOM 250

Stations of the Cross | Monday, March 27, 4:00 p.m., Atrium

Guided Meditation | Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m., SSOM 250

Taizé Prayer | Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 p.m., Galvin Chapel (Lower Level Hospital)

All Lenten Programs will conclude with a simple meal of soup and bread.

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)