The Rover’s comprehensive guide to all things Catholic this Lent

The Rover has collected a list of some of the best opportunities around Notre Dame’s campus to spend time with the Lord in prayer this Lenten season.


Mass is celebrated on Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. (in Spanish) and every weekday at the basilica at 11:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Mass in the Crypt Church (entrance on the north side of the basilica) is celebrated at 6:45 a.m. every weekday, as well as at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Additionally, Mass is celebrated every Monday through Thursday in the Notre Dame Law School chapel at 5:05 p.m. and every weekday at the Malloy Hall chapel at 12:30 p.m. Mass is offered in the Log Chapel at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays (with a social in Old College to follow.) The Traditional Latin Mass is also celebrated in the Alumni Hall chapel on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Mass is celebrated in every residence hall on campus as well – check with hall staff for Mass times in your dorm. 


During Lent, the Church calls the faithful in a special way to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we prepare for the Paschal Feast of our Lord’s rising on Easter. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in the basilica (with both face-to-face and behind-the-screen options) at 11:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. every weekday, as well as 7:00 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays. Confession is also offered in the Crypt Church at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Most priests-in-residence are also available for Confession upon request.

Eucharistic Devotion

On the first three evenings of Lent, February 15, 16, and 17, Moreau Seminary invites students to join the seminarians for prayer, preaching, and music. Prayer will begin at 7:30 p.m. on each of the three dates, and end at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Along with this opportunity, adoration in Coleman-Morse in the chapel of Notre Dame Our Mother will occur daily in Lent, throughout working hours.


Lucernarium is a night prayer service inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours that uses the Psalms to enter into worship. Lucernarium is celebrated at Moreau Seminary at 8:00 p.m. every Thursday, with a social hosted by the seminarians afterward. Lucernarium is also celebrated at Lewis Hall every Monday at 10:00 p.m. with a social hosted by Lewis Hall following prayer.

The Bitter Sorrows

This Polish Lenten devotion is hosted by the Militia Immaculata and the Knights of Columbus. Like Lucernarium, it uses song to pray and meditate upon Christ’s Passion and the sorrows of Mary His Mother before the Blessed Sacrament. The Bitter Sorrows devotion will take place on February 18 and 25 as well as March 3 and 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the Log Chapel. 


The Hallow app is free to all Notre Dame students, who can sign up using their Notre Dame email. Hallow features faith-based podcasts such as Fr. Mike Schmitz’s Bible in a Year, guided meditations, and daily reminders to spend time with the Lord. This Lenten season, Hallow has created a new “Pray 40” Lent Challenge. Join Jonathan Roumie, Mark Walhberg, Fr. Mike Schmitz, and Sr. Miriam James Heidland in reading Fr. Walter Ciszek’s He Leadeth Me.

Retreats and Small Groups

Campus Ministry is kicking off a small group called “Passion and Purpose” to explore the questions of how God is calling students during Lent. The group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday in Coleman-Morse 301. Consider joining other faith formation small groups on campus such as AsceND, Magdala Ministry, Beloved, Sorin Fellows (Strength in Virtue/Vocation to Love), and more. 

Paschal Watch Retreat

The annual Paschal Watch Retreat will take place during Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. The on-campus retreat open to all students will offer the opportunity to attend the liturgies at the Basilica together and participate in 2-3 hours of prayer related activities.

For more information on Lenten devotions around campus, check your email for opportunities from Campus Ministry. The Rover wishes you a most blessed Lent.

Madeline Huie is a sophomore majoring in music performance, theology, and classics. She enjoys spending her non-existent spare time drinking coffee from her wombat mug while crocheting too many blankets. Please send classical music suggestions or random inquiries to her at

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