No one said you have to keep the same Lenten penance all 40 days. Try a couple new ones this Lent!
Notre Dame’s Grotto Network has put together a bundle of resources to help you stay focused during these 40 days.

There are three traditional pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving. As mature Catholics, we are asked to make some form of commitment in each of these three areas. Do them all, or select one from each.  We hope this will enhance your Lenten journey and preparation for Easter.

Connect, Learn, and Grow with a Small Group

  • Give one hour a week and join a DCC small group for the 6 weeks of Lent! You’ll meet other Catholic students who will help lift you up in your spiritual life, learn how to read the Gospels, and grow in your relationship with Jesus.
  • Sign up for a small group by emailing Keegan Drummond


  • In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we can sacrifice our pride and place ourselves in the mercy of a God who loves us deeply.
  • Tuesdays at 4 pm (East Campus Gazebo) and Wednesdays at 9 pm (Goodson Chapel). Please be sure to check the DCC Google calendar for any last-minute changes.
  • By appointment with Fr. Juan José
  • NOTE: Confessions will not be heard Thursday through Saturday of Holy Week.

Norms for Fasting & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence is to be observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, Church law does not oblige.

Giving Up Something

So many of us have grown up being told to give up something for Lent, and so we gave up candy or soda, or some other non-essential food item.  While this practice can be helpful, make sure it is not some mindless practice that is more about feeling good that you gave it up. Need some fresh ideas for a Lenten penance that will help point you to God instead of just building “healthy habits”? Check out this PDF which offers a better way to discern a Lenten penance.

A Personal Practice for Life

Sacrificing financially is hard. Trust us, we get it. If you’ve never successfully participated in Lenten almsgiving, one simple way to begin is with looking over your credit card (or even FoodPoints) summary. Find all the purchases of coffee, treats, and other non-essential items. Total them up to find a rough estimate of your weekly discretionary spending and match that amount as a gift for the poor each week.

Not sure what cause to donate it to? Catholic Charities (3711 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707) or Catholic Relief Services are two great places to start. They are involved in the Durham community in a very hands-on way, as well as engaged in global projects and aid.