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Read Archbishop Prendergast's Message for Easter 2013

Easter—the resurrection of Jesus—takes us beyond the Cross to the joy and hope that come from knowing the Risen Lord. God moves us to marvel at the love Our Lord had for the entire world, as he gave himself out of love to redeem sinners. We can imagine the Lord’s risen body cleansed of the blood, sweat and dust but still bearing wounds in his hands, feet and side. Read the full message >>

Celebrating Lent 2013

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (or 46 days if you count Sundays). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. Click on the links below to learn more about Lent: 

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In this Year of Faith, I encourage you to renew your commitment to the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and works of mercy. I encourage your family to share you like of faith: by attending Mass together on Sunday - committing to so so even if travelling during the March Break - and by sharing a meal each week that involved cutting back a bit, so that together, you can save some money and give it to the poor.

Most Reverend Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa