Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development


February 14 - March 31, 2018

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)

March 25, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

  • Mass with procession at 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

March 26, Monday of Holy Week

  • Mass at 12:00 p.m.
  • Via Crucis: Bilingual Way of the Cross, beginning at the chapel 7:00 p.m.
  • Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

March 27, Tuesday of Holy Week

  • Mass at 12:00 p.m.

March 28, Wednesday of Holy Week

  • Mass at 12:00 p.m.
  • Confessions from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Taizé Evening Prayer at 9:30 p.m.

March 29, 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 30 Good Friday

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

March 31, Holy Saturday

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

April 1, Easter Sunday

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

March 18 | Jesuits on Tap, 8:00 p.m., Lu's Deli and Pub (Water Tower Campus)

  • Meet the Jesuits and discuss faith in a relaxed environment, enjoying free drinks and appetizers. 

March 20 | Passover: Food for Thought, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Damen 217

  • Join us for an explanation of the meaning of the symbolic foods of the Passover Seder and its significance in our own lives. Led by Hannah Bloomberg, Loyola University’s Jewish Life Associate.

March 21 | Taizé Prayer around the Cross, 9:30 p.m., Madonna della Strada Chapel       

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

March 26 | Via Crucis, 7:00 p.m., Begins in Madonna della Strada Chapel  

  • Join us for this outdoor, bilingual Stations of the Cross Service with a special focus on praying for compassionate immigration reform.

March 28 |Holy Week Confessions, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Madonna della Strada Chapel       

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



The Sacrament of Reconciliation | Sundays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in St. James Chapel (Water Tower Campus).

  • Come early before the Sunday Young Adult Masses at St. James Chapel and go to confession. 

Adoration of the Eucharist and Confessions | Mondays, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in MDS Chapel

  • Take time out of your busy schedule to go to confession and pray before Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen | Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 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: LUC.edu/serve.

Ignatian Winter Workout Group | Thursdays, February 8 - March 22, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Damen 217

  • This Lent, join a group fitness class—for your faith! Get introduced to Ignatian spirituality in a relaxed, group setting. Come for any or all of these six weekly discussions to exercise your values and explore your faith. Open to all Loyola students. To find out more, click here.

Faculty and Staff Lenten Examens  | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Mission and Identity invites faculty and staff to being and end the Lenten season with an Ignatian Examen focused on forgiveness and healing. For more information, contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@LUC.edu
  • Lake Shore Campus, Cuneo 410 on February 22 and March 26
  • Water Tower Campus, Corboy 727 on February 20 and March 27

Serve On Your Own!

Throughout the season of Lent we offer the following:

Ignatian Spirituality Series for Faculty/Staff | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | February 15 | SSOM Alumni Center

Join LUC and LUHS faculty and staff for lunch, prayer, and a presentation on an Ignatian theme. Lauren Hackman-Books, M.Div, Chaplain in HSD Ministry, invites us to consider what it means to seek and live the Magis in our personal and professional lives.

Soup & Stories: Pilgrim Journeys | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | February 26 | SSOM 360

Join physicians from the Catholic Medical Association to share reflections on pilgrimage experiences and faith journeys. Soup will be served.

Stations of the Cross | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | March 15 | SSOM Atrium

Pray the Stations of the Cross together as a community. Soup will be served following the Stations.

Journal Discussion: On the Physical Death of Jesus | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | March 22| SSOM Gathering Room (250) 

Join CMDA and reflect upon the article from the Journal of the American Medical Association: On the Physical Death of Jesus.



Holy Hour of Adoration with Reconciliation | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | February 14, 21, March 14, 21 | SSOM Gathering Room (250) 

Each Wednesday during Lent features opportunities to deepen your relationship with God in prayer. Join us this week for a Holy Hour of Adoration with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Dave De Marco, SJ, MD will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You are welcome to stay for the full hour or for a shorter time as you wish.

Morning Mass | 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | every other Wednesday | February 28, March 14, March 28 | SSOM Gathering Room (250)

Begin your day with the celebration of Mass.

Faculty and Staff Lenten Examens | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | February 28 and March 28 | SSOM 250 

Mission and Identity invites faculty and staff to being and end the Lenten season with an Ignatian Examen focused on forgiveness and healing. For details, contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@LUC.edu


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.


Daily Readings: For the scripture readings for daily Mass during Lent, click here.