“Sometimes, one may hear people giving up something during Lent as a spiritual exercise, such as eating certain kinds of food, watching television, etc. I think it is crucial that … churches, rather than give up something, give something, do something, or say something that speaks to the sufficient grace of God which we sorely need and desire as Christians. In this penitential season, when we give ourselves to God, we receive so much … “ Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel 



Ash Wednesday, 2/14 – thru Saturday 2/17 

  1. Commit to repent for the sin of racism. Pray for a new awareness of racial inequity in our world.
  2. Secure a journal. Entitle it “My Racial Equity Lenten Journey.”
  3. Plan to attend the STA Race & Culture Diversity Luncheon on Sunday 2/25 at 11:30 in the Bethany Room. Sign up HERE.
  4. Do a cultural audit of your home. Do you have art, music, literature, food from other cultures than your own? Journal: What things can be improved? Now make the changes.

First Sunday of Lent – Sunday, 2/18 thru Saturday 2/24 

  1. Pray for the canonization of the 6 African Americans on the Path to Sainthood (Venerable Father Augustus Tolton, Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Venerable Henriette Delille, Venerable Mother Mary Lange, Servant of God Julia Greeley, and Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman). Read about Venerable Father Augustus Tolton’s LIFE. Journal: What impacted you the most?
  2. On 2/20, the birthday of Frederick Douglass (February 1818), read one of his quotes: “The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.” Research the 9 greatest quotes by him. Journal: How did these quotes impact you?
  3. Read an issue of “The Black Catholic Messenger” HERE to get a Black perspective of Catholic News. Journal: What surprised you the most?
  4. Listen, watch or read your favorite news source. Journal: How are people of color represented? What are your biases?
  5. St. Rita Catholic Church in Indianapolis, was started in 1919 as a mission church for African Americans. Google St. RITA. Attend Sunday Mass there. Make a donation to their Capital Campaign.  Journal: What are your impressions of the experience?
  6. 2/21 is the birthday of civil rights activist John Lewis. Review his famous quote “Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” Think of ways you (and your family) can get in “good trouble” and help make changes to the soul of America. Journal: What’s the first thing you and your family will do?
    • eley, and Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman). Read about Venerable Father Augustus Tolton’s life. https://tolton.archchicago.org/about/biography Journal: What impacted you the most?
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Second Sunday of Lent – Sunday, 2/25 – thru Saturday 3/2 

  1. Read about Venerable Pierre Toussaint’s LIFE Journal: What impacted you the most?
  2. 2/26 marks the 12th Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Research the event. Journal about the impact his murder had on society. Pray for the soul of Trayvon, strength for his family and the repentance of his perpetrator.
  3. Have you witnessed or experienced racism? Research the steps of interrupting racism when witnessed. When you witness racism, call out the behavior, not the person. Journal: What are responses you can say when experiencing racism?
  4. When you witness racism, commit to stay in the relationship with the person you confronted. Invite them for coffee to discuss the comments. Ask the person to reconsider the remark. Give them direction. Pray together.
  5. Research and/or attend Holy Angels Catholic Church in Indianapolis on Sunday. Make a donation to HOLY ANGELS Journal: Record the impression of your experience.

Third Sunday of Lent -Sunday, 3/3 thru Saturday 3/9 

  1. Read about Venerable Henriette Delille’s LIFE Journal: What impacted you the most?
  2. Find and research the STA Creation Care Committee on the STA website. Ask an STA Creation Care Committee member about Environmental Racism, or research BOOKS on the topic. Pray a decade of the rosary for people of color who’ve suffered due to Environmental Racism.
  3. Adults– Donate to STA school for their DEI program or purchase multicultural materials for students and teachers. Children Buy 5 items at the dollar store to donate to our partner School #43. Pray for the families at STA School and School #43.
  4. Commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Black Lies Matter Movement by researching its origins. Journal: How do the facts differ from the frequent media portrayal?
  5. Research the United Negro College Fund HERE. Make a donation.
  6. Research Harriet Tubman and/or watch the movie “Harriet” (PG13). Journal: What are your impressions of her quote, “God’s time is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens: He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free.”

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, 3/10 thru Saturday 3/16 

  1. Read about Venerable Mother Mary Elizabeth Lang’s LIFE.
  2. Research stereotypical micro-aggressive comments such as: “Where are you really from?” “Racism does not exist in today’s society.” “Your grammar is so good. Your people must be proud.” Journal: What are appropriate ways to learn about another’s culture?
  3. Listen to African American spirituals. Journal: What are the messages conveyed?
  4. As you prepare for your Lenten Reconciliation service, examine your conscience for your part in racial injustice and racial bias. Journal: How can you fight injustices in your community?
  5. Include a quote about racial justice from a person of color in the signature line of your email.
  6. Find out about International Day Against Police Brutality, started as an initiative in Montreal in 1997. Journal how police brutality is evident around the world. Pray a decade of the rosary for police funding for training and wraparound services.
  7. Identify local black businesses such as restaurants, shops or online stores. Purchase a good or service. Journal: How can your dollar help black businesses thrive?

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, 3/17 thru Saturday 3/23 

  1. Read about Servant of God Julia Greeley’s LIFE. Journal: What impacted you the most?
  2. Look at attendees in your exercise class, your church congregation, your neighborhood, and other spaces in your life. Journal: Are the groups multi-cultural? How could that be increased?
  3. Look up the definition of white privilege. Journal: List 5 ways in which white privilege operates in the US. Donate or volunteer at the Boulevard Place Food Pantry. Journal: How does food insecurity impact families?
  4. Invite a person of a different race to share a meal at your house or at a restaurant. Journal: Describe the experience.
  5. Determine how to continue the momentum of this Lenten calendar outside of Lent. Journal: What activities or projects were the most impactful? How have you changed? What will I do next?

Sixth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, 3/24 – Holy Week 

  1. Read about Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman’s LIFE.  Journal: What impacted you the most?
  2. Read or YouTube the authors of “Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City” (won 2017 Pulitzer Prize) or “Poverty: Made in America”, both by Matthew Desmond or “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee. Journal: Who did you read or listen to? What impacted you the most?
  3. Learn about social agencies in Indianapolis that help people in poverty. Journal: How you could get involved?
  4. Research Martin University in Indianapolis. Make a donation HERE. Journal: What impact has it had on the Black community in Indianapolis?
  5. Attend a foot washing service on Holy Thursday. Use your feet to go out and tell others the good news. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Romans 10:15). Journal: How would the world change if everyone did this?
  6. On Good Friday, Google pictures of the Passion of Jesus created by people of color. View pictures of African American lynchings. Place a picture near a crucifix in your home. Journal: How do these images illuminate each other?
  7. Tell a friend what it has been like using the Racial Equity Calendar. Journal: Summarize the discussion.
  8. On Easter, Rejoice! Renew your pledge to renounce communal racism. Journal: Determine next steps.

‘What is the most durable power in the universe? And the fact is that Easter answers that question. You wonder about it. What is it that is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos… It’s the power of love. Easter tells us that.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ Adapted from the Lenten 2021 Calendar – Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity – Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth; Author: Fr. Terrence Moran; Layout: Donna Sartor