Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development


Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

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.

Lakeshore Campus: Madonna della Strada Chapel

All liturgies include the distribution of ashes.

 9:30 a.m.                            Service of the Word

10:30 a.m.                           Service of the Word

12:00 noon                           Mass

 3:00 p.m.                            Service of the Word

 4:15 p.m.                            Service of the Word

 5:15 p.m.                            Mass

 9:00 p.m.                            Mass


Water Tower Campus

11:30 a.m. in Quigley Center at St. James Chapel

5:15 p.m. in Corboy Law Center 1303

February 23 through April 8 - Busy Students’ Retreat, Throughout Lent                                             

This on-campus retreat pairs students with a spiritual director to help them find ways to deepen their relationship with God and find intentional time for personal prayer during Lent. This retreat is free and open for both Loyola undergraduate and graduate students! You will commit to praying on your own three times a week for 30 minutes and meeting with a director once a week for 30 minutes. Spaces are limited due to available directors, so sign up as soon as possible using this online form! Please email John Paul Salay with any questions.


March 16 - Lent Reconciliation Service, 8:00 p.m., MDS Chapel

Join us for a special Service of the Word focusing on God's mercy followed by time for individual Confession and silent Eucharistic Adoration.


March 18 - Taizé Prayer around the Cross, 9:30 p.m., MDS Chapel       

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


March 28-29 – Días with Dios

Where do you find God in your life? Where are you feeling called? How can you live your life in a way that glorifies God? Please join us for a bilingual retreat in Spanish and English to reflect on how we can begin to find God in all things... Cost: $25—Includes six (6) meals, snacks, one (1) night lodging, transportation. To register, click here


March 31 - Agape Latte, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Damen Den

This event consists of lots of free coffee, tea, delicious desserts, and caffeinated conversation. We invite a student to perform a talent (such as music, although we have had a comedian before!) to warm up the crowd, compete in some fun trivia, listen to our faculty or staff speaker share personal anecdotes on a particular theme, and have plenty of time for Q&A. Everyone is welcome!


April 1 - Taizé Prayer around the Cross, 9:30 p.m., MDS chapel       

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


April 6 - Via Crucis, 7:00 p.m., Begins at MDS Chapel  

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


Note: All events begin after spring break.


Sundays - Young Adult Mass at WTC, Sunday at 7:00 pm St. James Chapel (in Quigley Center on the  corner of Rush and Pearson)

Join other young adults in the celebration of the Eucharist at the Water Tower Campus.


Mondays - Adoration of the Eucharist and Confessions: Mondays, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 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.


Tuesdays - Mass at WTC, All Saints Chapel (3rd Floor of Terry Student Center), Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

Join others in the celebration of the Eucharist at the Water Tower Campus.


Tuesdays and Fridays - St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen: Tuesdays and 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 information, click here.


Tuesdays - Stations of the Cross and Rosary: Tuesdays, 9:00 p.m. in MDS Chapel

Retrace Christ’s journey to the cross with scripture and song, and then stay to pray the rosary with the AMDG student group.


Thursdays – Holy Hour of Adoration of the Eucharist: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 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.


Thursdays - Labre Ministry: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at All Saints Chapel (3rd Floor of Terry Student Center)

Students form relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago, providing both food and friendship. Labre's main focus is solidarity, rather than charity, focusing on the relationships created rather than on the act of providing food itself. By building relationships with our friends on the streets, Loyola students choose to stand in solidarity with God's people and affirm the human dignity of all. Please sign up ahead of time:

  1. Sign into LUCommunity
  2. Search "Labre" in the search bar OR go directly to Labre events
  3. Click on the day that you hope to attend*
  4. Click on the blue "Continue to RSVP" button
  5. Indicate "I will be attending" and click the RSVP button

More information to come.

All liturgies are at Madonna della Strada Chapel on the Lakeshore Campus.


 April 5, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Mass and Procession at 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

Confessions 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., extra Confessors available


April 6, 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 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., extra Confessors available


April 7, Tuesday of Holy Week

Mass at 12:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross and Rosary at 9:00 p.m.


April 8, Wednesday of Holy Week

Mass at 12:00 p.m.

Taizé Evening Prayer at 9:30 p.m.


April 9, 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.


April 10, Good Friday

Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 p.m.

No other liturgies will be celebrated on this day.


April 11, Holy Saturday

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


April 12, Easter Sunday

Mass at 10:30 a.m.

No other Masses or Confessions will be celebrated on this day.

Daily Bible Readings

For the scripture readings from the Mass, please click here.


Daily Prayer from "Sacred Space"

This prayer site is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. For today's prayer, click here.


Rules for Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church (from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops).


Ideas for Giving Up Something for Lent

We often hear this question around this time of year, and many of us are still pondering what we should give up for Lent. Why do we give up something for Lent, and what's so wrong with meat that we are commanded to abstain from it? The answers are found in the ancient fasting practices of the Church, which have become more lenient through recent generations.

Technically, there is a difference between fasting, which pertains to the amount of food, and abstinence, which pertains to the type of food. Fasting, going without a meal or more, was an ancient practice of the Church, dating back to the time of Christ who said, "When the Bridegroom (Jesus) is taken away, then you shall fast." Early Christians applied this to Good Friday, when Christ died. An ancient Christian catechetical manual called the "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles", which may date to the first century, stipulates that Christians should fast every Friday, since it was the day on which Christ died, and catechumens who were preparing for baptism should fast a few days before they received that sacrament. Ancient Christians fasted on every Friday throughout the year and then as Lent originated as the final period of preparation for catechumens, they would fast throughout the forty days of Lent. These strict rules were gradually adapted, so that today we only fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Abstinence is not eating a particular type of food -- in this case meat. Why meat? Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with meat, but abstinence from meat was based on a play on words. "Flesh" (sarx in Biblical Greek) is the word St. Paul often used to describe our sensual nature that is prone to sin, our concupiscence. In Galatians, St. Paul says that the works of the flesh include things like: immorality, impurity, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, acts of selfishness, and drinking bouts. For ancient Christians, abstaining from "flesh" (meat) was symbolic of attempting to abstain from the works of the "flesh". Some theologians also gave another, perhaps more readily understood to modern Christians, reason for abstaining from meat: people and animals were created on the same "day" in the creation account. By not eating meat, we respect the lives of our fellow creatures and return to the diet of our first parents, who according to Genesis, did not eat meat. Abstaining from meat is thus a return to the original harmony in the world and a reminder to curb our own sinful desires. Until several generations ago, all Catholics were to abstain from meat through the forty days of Lent just as they did on every Friday! As these rules changed throughout the years, people began to choose what they would like to abstain from ("give up") during Lent.
So what does this mean for us today? The main value of fasting and abstinence is the meaning and reasons. Lent is not a diet. Giving up something for Lent also must be in conjunction with the two other disciplines of Lent: prayer and alms-giving (literally "works of mercy"). As we fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday, let us remember Christ's death and ask for God's grace so that were may deny the works of "the flesh". Let us live in harmony and respect our fellow creatures as we long to return to paradise, through Christ's death and resurrection. If you haven't chosen something to give up for Lent, here are some suggestions:

•Things that could be dangerous to your physical health: alcohol, junk food, sweets
• Things that take time away from your relationship with God and others: social media, binging on Netflix, gaming
• Things that harm Creation: using disposable items, wasting water or food, littering
• Things that are superfluous, the expense of which could be donated to the poor: going out to eat, "clubbing", going to the movies or concerts

The main thing to remember is that whatever you chose to give up for Lent, it should have a meaning, even if it is just symbolic of remembering Christ's ultimate sacrifice and trying to curb you own desires. When you combine this with prayer and helping the poor, you will have a "good" Lent (John Paul Salay).