Bishop Jaime Soto has issued Lenten regulations and admonitions for 2018 for Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. The bishop notes that Lent is “a time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time to examine one’s relationships with God and with others.”
A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent is being provided online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The resources include video reflections on Lenten themes, and a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from Pope Francis’ message for Lent. The website, www.usccb.org/lent also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the sacrament of penance, and a section on Holy Week observances.