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Lent @ SAU

In this Year of Mercy, Lent provides us with an opportunity to renew ourselves and open us up to the power of God, so that we may "bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind" (from Pope Francis' Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy). There are many different opportunities and ways that we can observe this season of Lent. Be sure to mark your calendars for all kinds of ways to grow in Faith Learning Justice.


Sunday Masses are offered at 10:30am and 6:30pm (Spring Break exceptions: NO Masses on March 13, NO 10:30 Mass March 20)

Daily Masses are offered at differing times during the week: Monday and Friday at 12 noon, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30pm, and Wednesday night at 9:15pm.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful practice for Lent, especially in this Year of Mercy.  Individual confessions are on Wednesdays at 8:30pm in the Chapel, or by appointment. A Communal Penance Service will also be offered on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m., providing a time for everyone to gather during Holy Week as a community to celebrate the sacrament.

Ambrosian Reflections from SAU faculty and staff allow you to follow along with the daily readings of Lent.  Gain some spiritual insight throughout the entire season from our SAU community:

Stations of the Cross is a traditional Lenten practice, and there are a few ways to observe it this Lenten season:

  • You can come to the Chapel and pray the Stations whenever you like all throughout Lent. Booklets for individual or group stations will be by the First Station in the Chapel.
  • You can also pray the stations wherever you are with our Online Stations of the Cross. Featuring the beautiful etchings of the late Fr. Edward Catich, and reflections for each station from our own St. Ambrose students, these stations are a wonderful reflection for your Lenten practice.  Find them online here.
  • Finally, on Wednesday evening of Holy Week (March 23) we will have a Communal Stations of the Cross Prayer Service, reflecting on the Stations with scripture and song, before leading into the last Mass of Lent.

The Lenten Prayer Series provides opportunities to learn and practice different prayer forms on Monday evenings in Lent.  We will feature multiple student-led varieties of prayer to enrich your practice in Lent, all at 9:15 pm on the following Mondays:

  • February 15 - Eucharistic Adoration
  • February 22Spiritual Rosary
  • February 29 - Taize Ecumenical Prayer Service
  • March 7Liturgy of the Hours (Night Prayer)
  • March 21Eucharistic Adoration (for Holy Week)


Lenten Booklets for reflection, prayer, and activities are made available in the Chapel and the mailroom, courtesy of Campus Ministry. This year's booklet is Saying Yes to Soul Time.

Small Faith Sharing Groups are forming all over campus this Lent. Meet weekly throughout the season to reflect on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, using the book Be Merciful by Bill Huebsch. Fill out the form online to join a group!

Brewed Awakening hosts theological/spiritual discussion with specialty coffee drinks on Monday nights. Come join us in the Gathering Space on Mondays at 8:00pm.


Rice Bowls are a fantastic way to observe the season of Lent. Benefiting the work of Catholic Relief Services, the proceeds from the Rice Bowl collection go to help those in need all over the world. Take a rice bowl from the Chapel or from other locations on campus, fill it up during Lent, and bring them back during Holy Week (March 20 - 26) before leaving for Easter break. Visit CRS to learn more about Rice Bowl and the CRS programs, and even download the CRS app to track your donations, find reflections and prayers all throughout Lent!

The CRS Rice Bowl Meal on Wednesday, March 23, provides an excellent way to celebrate the end of Lent. Bring your Rice Bowl back at Mass, and taste food from different countries that Catholic Relief Services supports.

Pray for those on Spring Break Service Trips. Students will be going to East St. Louis, Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Cleveland, and Northern Mississippi, in addition to two Habitat for Humanity Trips. Be sure to pray for our students who are going out to help those in need this Spring Break. 


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