Lent 2023

As we prepare for Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Campus Ministry offers many opportunities to help you engage with your faith throughout the Lenten season.

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Happening Throughout Lent

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One-Time Events

Black Ecumenical Prayer Service
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Coleman-Morse chapel
Contact: Diana Salgado Huicochea at dsalgad2@nd.edu

Campus Ministry's Black Student Ministry will be hosting its second Black Ecumenical Prayer Service. Karrah Herring, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer for the State of Indiana, and Faith Woods, a junior at Notre Dame, will be giving sermons on what it means to be Christian in a secular society, and music provided by the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir. Come join us for praise, worship, and mini-bundt cakes after the service!

Silent Directed Retreat
Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26
Register here- limited spots available

Give yourself the permission to simply be still. To listen. To be. Silent retreat gives you time to focus on your relationship with God. Each retreatant is paired with an experienced spiritual director who will serve as a spiritual companion throughout the weekend. During this Lenten season, rediscover God's tenderness and peace on the silent retreat.

Student Reconciliation Night
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Join us in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to receive the sacrament of reconciliation during Holy Week. Multiple priests will be stationed throughout the church to hear confessions (English and Spanish speaking priests available) as contemplative music is sung from the loft by Campus Ministry choirs and instrumentalists. 

Paschal Watch Retreat
Thursday, April 6 - Saturday, April 8
Register here - limited spots available 
Contact: Megan Urbaniak at megan.urbaniak@nd.edu

This year, Campus Ministry invites you to enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery and unpack Notre Dame’s Triduum liturgy with a community of fellow students. Paschal Watch is an on-campus retreat that takes place in two-three hour blocks each day beginning the evening of Holy Thursday and ending with an Easter vigil celebration Saturday night.

The Passion
Friday, April 7, 8:30 p.m., South Quad between Coleman-Morse and Dillon Hall

The Notre Dame Folk Choir presents The Passion- a newly composed musical ritualization of Christ’s Passion- on South Quad. Emerging from a collaborative process between students in the Folk Choir and professional artists, the piece combines Scripture drawn from all four Gospels with original poetry, which is all set to newly composed music.

Easter Sunday Student Mass 
Sunday, April 9, 9 p.m., Basilica

All students are invited to celebrate Easter Sunday Mass together in the Basilica at 9 p.m. 

Happening Throughout Lent

Catholic Fellowship Night
Mondays, 9:00-10:00 p.m., Coleman-Morse lounge
Contact: Kate Broadbent at mbroadbe@nd.edu 

Catholic Fellowship Night is something new that will take place four Mondays in Lent. It's for students to forge friendships in faith and grow together via praise and worship, a witness talk, small group discussions, and fellowship. Whether you're looking for deeper community or have doubts about your faith, we hope you'll join us (and invite a friend!) for one or all four nights.

Emmaus Walks
Sign up here - pairings and instructions will be sent out weekly on Tuesdays
Contact: Mary Catherine McDonald at mmcdon18@nd.edu

Take a journey this Lent with a fellow traveler and engage in an intentional conversation about the life of faith that you walk. Students will be paired randomly with another student, and prompted to share a bit about their relationship with God. When you are paired up, you will be asked to go for a 45 min walk, shaped by the scripture story the Road to Emmaus.

Latino Student Ministry Bible Study
Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., Coleman-Morse 102
Contact: Diana Salgado Huicochea at dsalgad2@nd.edu

Join Campus Ministry's Latino Student Ministry for a Lenten Bible Study. Grow this lent in fellowship and faith-filled conversations ¡te esperamos! All are welcome.

Asian Student Ministry Bible Study
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse 301
Contact: Diana Salgado Huicochea at dsalgad2@nd.edu

Join Campus Ministry's Asian Student Ministry for a Lenten Bible Study. Grow this lent in fellowship and faith-filled conversations, all are welcome.

EXALT: Adoration, Reflection, Praise & Worship
Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Keough Hall chapel
Friday, March 31, 7:30-9:00 p.m., McGlinn Hall chapel

Exalt is a monthly night of worship through music in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Each Exalt includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a reflection offered by a member of our Notre Dame family, and praise and worship music offered by our Totus Tuus Band. Priests are on hand to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a student prayer team is present to pray one-on-one with interested students. All are welcome, no matter your previous experience with this style of worship.

Need to Talk?
Monday-Thursday, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Coleman-Morse 113
Contact: Mike Urbaniak at murbania@nd.edu

Come talk about whatever is on your mind and heart, in particular, how you might hope to grow in faith this Lent. A campus minister will be available to listen, offer guidance, and share the wisdom and hope our faith provides. No appointment necessary, just drop in!

Peer “Need to Talk?”
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30 p.m., Coleman-Morse 113
Contact: Mary Catherine McDonald at mmcdon18@nd.edu

Come talk with a fellow peer, a trained student minister about whatever is on your mind and heart this Lent. Whether it’s how you might grow in faith this Lent, choices, or relationships, it can be a huge help to have an outside perspective of someone who’s going through life on campus. 

Stations of the Cross
Fridays, 7:15 p.m., Basilica

Join us in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart as we reflect on Jesus’ steps to his crucifixion in this contemplative service which features prayer, sacred art, and music. 

Sundays, 7:15 p.m., Basilica

Join us in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for Vespers- the evening prayer of the church. This contemplative service features prayers and hymns by candlelight with choral music provided by one of our Campus Ministry choirs.

Adoration and Confessions with the Holy Cross Community
Mondays: Feb 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

The priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame invite students, faculty, and staff to join us in prayer for a time of Eucharistic Adoration, reflection, and confessions.

Mercy Works: Service in South Bend
Sign up here 
Contact: Becky Czarnecki at rczarne2@nd.edu

Join us to grow in your faith through service to the South Bend community!  Tutor kids, feed the homeless, support people with special needs, work in a food pantry...the opportunities are endless. Admissions is rolling but sign up by Feb. 15 to serve weekly during Lent.

Lenten Small Groups
Registration has closed
Contact: Kate Broadbent at mbroadbe@nd.edu 

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to take part in weekly small group conversations exploring questions of faith and matters of the heart this Lenten season. Groups, led by campus ministers and trained student interns, will meet for six weeks, beginning shortly after Ash Wednesday and running through the first week of Easter. 


Additional Resources

FaithND – Remember Me: Reflections on The Passion

FaithND welcomes you to enjoy their 2023 Lenten seriesRemember Me: Reflections on The Passion with the Notre Dame Folk Choir. Partnering with the Folk Choir, they will share reflections and music from The Passion, a musical ritualization of Christ’s final days. Follow along by subscribing to the FaithND Daily Gospel Reflection at faith.nd.edu/signup.

Lenten Friday Listening Sessions of The Passion at the Hammes Bookstore
Fridays: March 3-31, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Stop by the Hammes Bookstore every Friday for “Lent Listening Sessions & Tea Bar” in the Fr. Sorin Room, featuring beautiful music from the Notre Dame Folk Choir’s newest release, The Passion. Complimentary tea and journals for students, staff, and faculty. 

Pray40 – Hallow’s Lent Challenge

This Lent, Hallow invites you to join the Pray40 Lent Challenge, offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish. You’ll learn to imitate Christ in your daily life alongside hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide in prayer this Lent. 

The Division of Student Affairs has partnered with Hallow to provide Notre Dame students a personal resource to deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their mental health through an expansive library of faith-based prayer, meditation, sleep, and music content. Visit hallow.com/notredame to create your free account.

Catholic Climate Covenant Lenten Resources

Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through their 20 national partners, they guide the U.S. Church's response to climate change by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources. Check out their Lenten resources webpage and the many ways they encourage you to take action.