Lent 2024 at OLPH

Lenten Observances

Ways to Pray

Daily Mass

Monday – Saturday
8:15 am (Church & Livestream)

New! Wednesday Evenings at 5:30 pm
February 21, 28 and March 6, 13, 20, 27

“In the Eucharist is all the power that created the universe and all the love that redeemed it!” Join us for daily Mass and receive the Lord’s power & love to help you meet the challenges of each day.

Ash Wednesday – February 14

Join us for the Mass and distribution of ashes:
6:30 am, 8:15 am*, and 7 pm
(Church & Livestream*)

Fellow OLPH friends have compiled a list of some of their favorite religious and spiritual books to assist your Lenten walk. Our prayer is that before Easter arrives, perhaps one or several of the books shared are also among your favorites. Each week in Lent, look forward to Book Reviews from these suggestions. Visit OLPHParish.org/books 

Stations of the Cross

Offered Fridays during Lent in the Church

2 pm & 7 pm
Feb. 16 & 23 – March 1, 8, 15 & 22

The Stations of the Cross depict the journey of Jesus Christ from his condemnation to his crucifixion and burial. Each of the 14 stations represents a significant event along this path, including Jesus’ agonizing walk with the cross, encounters with various individuals, and ultimate sacrifice on Calvary. Devotion to the Stations invites believers to reflect on Christ’s suffering, find strength in his example, and deepen their understanding of redemption and love.


Fasting & Abstinence

Catholics, age 14 and over, are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays during the season of Lent. Adult Catholics, ages 18 through 59, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is observed by eating only one full meal and two lighter meals that day and by refraining from eating between meals. Individuals who are pregnant, nursing, or ill are excused from these norms.

Fasting Benefits

  • Fasting awakens the heart to the intimate presence of God in one’s soul.
  • Fasting encourages more serious reflection about the priorities in our lives.
  • Fasting strengthens our sense of dependence upon God.
  • Fasting sharpens our sensitivity to the spiritual dimension of life.
  • Fasting strengthens our ability to say ‘yes’ to God and ‘no’ to sin.
  • Fasting develops a greater appreciation for the gifts of God, especially food and drink.
  • Fasting purifies us spiritually as well as physically.

Meatless Meals & Other Sacrifices

During the Fridays of Lent, embracing meatless meals becomes a practice of simplicity and sacrifice, urging us to extend generosity to those less fortunate through acts of charity. While the traditional fasting approach involves abstaining from food or drink, choosing to forego distractions that consume our time allows us to cultivate positive habits and regain control over our lives – a control essential for saying ‘yes’ to God. Instead of indulging in television or video games, consider redirecting that time towards meaningful moments with loved ones, quiet prayer with God, or engaging in acts of service to others.

40 Days for Life

A Special Call to Prayer and Fasting for an End to Abortion 

Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting. This Lent, our parish is again joining a nationwide, ecumenical prayer event to help bring an end to abortion. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, Christ-like prayer vigil with participants committing to prayer for one hour per week. Prayer can take place outside of the Hillcrest Clinic on Rt. 40, or at home or in church. For more information, visit www.40daysforlife.com.

Ways to Give

 Almsgiving is closely tied to fasting – whatever we save (money or time) should be offered to the needy. For a comprehensive list of ways to serve, visit https://olphparish.org/our-parish-life/how-can-i-serve/ 


Just as salt is a necessary part of life, so is the Christian called to be a necessary part of the world! SALT, an OLPH outreach ministry, is a hands-on ministry serving the poor and needy of Baltimore City. There are many expressions of SALT, and one that fits you! To learn more about SALT and find your perfect place of service in Him, visit www.olphparish.org/salt

OLPH Casserole Program

Thank you for donating a casserole to support the needy in our community. OLPH casserole donations are currently used for Elizabeth House/FISH in Laurel and SALT. They are greatly appreciated! Please pick up the pans on the 1st weekend of each month and return the 2nd weekend of each month. We will gladly accept pans you may have at home from the previous month! Thank you for the gift of your time!

Poor Box Collections

Help support those in need by contributing to our Poor Box during Lent. The parish receives numerous requests each day for help. Your donations support the great works of OLPH St. Vincent in meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters. Thank you for your continued generosity!

Volunteer at a  Soup Supper

OLPH will host a series of Soup Suppers on several Fridays in Lent in solidarity with our friends living below the margins. The intention is for guests to enjoy a modest meal while donating what would have been the cost for a traditional Friday meal out — such as Pizza or burgers at a restaurant — to the Poor Box.

Meet with Jesus

The Church adores the real presence of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration when the consecrated host is visible in the monstrance for prayer and worship. This Lent, spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord’s peace, healing and spiritual refreshment. Oh, Come, Let us Adore Him!

The chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all visitors.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance (Adoration) from Wednesdays at 9 am through Saturdays at 8 am.

After-hours access is available upon request at www.olphparish.org/access

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

11:00 am – 12noon
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Church)

4:00- 6:00 pm (Church)

All Reconciliation times are in the Church, with one exception – anyone desiring outdoor confession is welcome to contact the parish office, and we can arrange to meet at the beginning or end of a time (or another time altogether)


Penance Service

Tuesday, March 19, 7 pm

Multiple priests will assist our OLPH priests in hearing confessions and providing the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Additional Times for Reconciliation

Friday, March 1, 7:30 pm (as part of Festival of Praise)
Tuesday, March 5, 4 pm-7 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 4 pm-7 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2-4 pm
Monday, March 25, 4-7 pm
Tuesday, March 26, 4-6 pm

Reconciliation during Easter Week

No confessions on Wednesday, Apr 3
Fri, Apr 5, 4-6 pm
From Apr. 5  forward, we will return to the regular Wednesday through Friday schedule.

Fridays in Lent

OLPH invites you to join us for a series of Soup Suppers on multiple Fridays during Lent, a gesture of solidarity with our friends living below the margins. We intend for guests to savor a modest meal while contributing the equivalent of what they would typically spend on a traditional Friday meal out, like pizza or burgers at a restaurant, to the Poor Box. Let’s come together to share a simple meal and make a meaningful difference for those in need.

Fridays in Lent

2 PM~ Stations Only (Church)

6 PM~Soup (Parish Center) | 7 PM~Stations (Parish Center)

Feb. 16 & 23 – March 1, 8 , 15 & 22 (March 22 – stations only)

Special Lenten Events

Events are Listed Chronologically

Monday, Feb 26th | 7 PM (Church)

 Join Us for A Special Lenten Experience with the Relics of Christ’s Passion Tour

The Passion Collection comprises various sacred artifacts, including:

  • A fragment of the True Cross discovered by St. Helena
  • A portion of the Holy Table from the room of the Last Supper
  • A segment of the Column of Flagellation
  • A fragment of the Crown of Thorns
  • A replicated Holy Nail
  • A relic (bone) from St. Longinus
  • An image of (the effigy of) the Veil of Veronica
  • A fragment of the outer wrapping of the Shroud of Turin
  • Relics from the Holy Apostles

Friday | March 1 | 7:30 PM (church)

Festival of Praise with Reconciliation

Join us at OLPH Church in Ellicott City on Friday, March 1st, for a special Lenten Festival of Praise (FoP). Following FoP, OLPH’s Pastor and Associate Pastor will provide the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. FoP is an extended period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, dedicated to elevating our minds and hearts to the Lord for a deeper communion with Jesus. Participants will come together to share in music, His Word, and His Eucharistic presence.

Monday | March 4 | 7 PM (Church)

 Mary’s Way of the Cross

Join us for a sacred journey on Mary’s Way of the Cross, a special event for women, on Monday, March 4th, from 7 pm to 8:330 pm. This Catholic tradition is a beautiful way to meditate on the Way of the Cross and unite our sufferings, falls, hurts, and resurrection with the path of Jesus. Mary’s Way of the Cross offers a unique perspective, inviting us to pray the Stations of the Cross through the eyes of Mary. Our time together will begin with a brief talk given by  Sr. Mary Rebekah Odle-Kemp, OP., on Our Lady Shows Us the Beauty of Sorrow.  After Sister’s talk, we will accompany Mary on her poignant journey with Jesus to Calvary. This special event is a time for reflection, connection, and spiritual renewal. Let the profound experience of Mary’s Way of the Cross enrich your soul and deepen your connection with the divine. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace the beauty of this tradition. Ladies, please mark your calendar and join us for this special event.

Sunday | March 10 | 2 PM (church)

Shroud of Turin Talk with Bill Wingard

Join us for an intriguing journey at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City as Bill Wingard delves into the captivating realm of the Shroud of Turin.

Uncover the mysteries of this ancient artifact and explore its profound history and scientific enigma. Bill Wingard, a seasoned speaker with over 100 presentations nationwide, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the forefront. His captivating talks have left audiences spellbound, from churches to prisons, universities, and schools.

Bill’s extensive personal research and insights from Barrie Schwortz, who was the original photographer for the 1978 scientific evaluation of the Shroud, form the foundation of a comprehensive presentation that promises not to disappoint.

Immerse yourself in a visually stunning experience with an illuminating PowerPoint presentation. Witness a full-size replica of the Shroud and explore large photo negatives that unveil the intricate details sparking the “Shroud Explosion.”

Save the date and be part of an afternoon of discovery and intrigue!

Monday | March 25 | 6:30 PM (RSPV for location detaiils)

Women’s Ministry | Feast of the Annunciation Celebration

Join us for a joyous celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation with fellow women from OLPH Parish! Bring along a snack or drink to share—it’s that simple!

Kindly RSVP to let us know you’ll be there. Your presence adds to the joy of our celebration!

If your plans are still up in the air, no worries! Still, RSVP so we can plan accordingly. And if you can’t make it, that’s perfectly fine. We’d rather plan for your attendance than miss you!

Have any questions? Reach out to our wonderful host, Lisa Sliker, at lmsliker@gmail.com.

Saturday | March 23 | 5 – 8 PM (Parish Center)

Palm Sunday Family Dinner Night

Mark your calendar and make plans to join your OLPH Parish family for our upcoming Family Dinner Night – a signature event that promises a delightful home-cooked meal and the chance to connect with new friends! Whether you bring a group of friends, invite neighbors, or decide to BYOB, it’s an evening meant for enjoyment and camaraderie. RSVP by clicking the button below or by heading over to  www.olphparish.org/reg-hub.

We can only make this event truly special with your participation! Join the Family Dinner Night Crew – lend a hand and be part of the team. Trust us, the most fun happens in the kitchen!

Holy Week Mass & Easter Mass Schedules

PALM SUNDAY – March 25, 2024

Palms will be blessed and distributed by Ministers of Hospitality at all weekend Masses

Saturday, Vigil,
4:30 pm 

7:30 am 
9 am (livestreamed)
11 am 
5 pm 

HOLY THURSDAY – March 28, 2024 

8:15 am – Morning Prayer

7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by a procession to the Altar of Repose in the Parish Center for quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight. (in-person & livestreamed)


GOOD FRIDAY – March 29, 2024

(No 8:15 am Mass, No 4 pm Confessions)

8:15 am – Morning Prayer

3:00 pm (livestreamed) & 7:00 pm

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, including Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion


HOLY SATURDAY – March 30, 2024

(No 8:15 am or 4:30 pm Masses)

8:15 am – Morning Prayer & Blessing of the Easter Food in Church

Easter Vigil & Easter Morning Mass Schedules

HOLY SATURDAY – March 30, 2024

Blessing of the Easter Food
With 8:15 am Prayer, in the Church


8:15 pm – Easter Vigil Mass (in-person & livestream)

*Note: there is no Saturday 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday, April 8

The Easter Vigil begins between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday.  The Easter Vigil Mass is held and is the first official celebration of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.  This night’s vigil is the greatest and most holy of all solemnities in the Catholic Church.

The Easter Vigil consists of four parts:

  • The Service of Light
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Liturgy of Baptism
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist

EASTER SUNDAY – March 31, 2024

Easter Masses are celebrated at:
Mass of the Resurrection, 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am

*Note: there is no Sunday 5 pm Mass on Easter Sunday, April 9