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Lent, Chicago Style

I hope I'm not treating my faithful readers like a kindergarten class, but I thought this would be a good time for show-and-tell.

Kindergartners Marquise Hermon and Amaziah Davis receive ashes from Precious Blood Father Bill O'Donnell during a prayer service at St. Margaret of Scotland on March 5.
Karen Callaway / Catholic New World
This week marks the midpoint of the lenten season.
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This week marks the midpoint of the lenten season. For Roman Catholics, the midpoint of lent is observed on “Laetare Sunday. This year, Laetare Sunday falls on March 30, 2014, just past the actual midpoint of the Lenten season. Laetare Sunday 2014 is the fourth Sunday of this year's Lent, and it occurs two weeks before Palm Sunday 2014, and three weeks before Easter 2014. Traditionally, at the midpoint of Lent, it is a day for relaxation. The strict fasting rules are lessened, so we get something of a “break” period.

Some of my articles have been quite lengthy, so perhaps its time to show – rather than tell you – about Lent in Chicago. Catholic New World, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago, published a photo essay this week with images of Catholics celebrating Lent throughout the Chicago area. In honor of the midpoint of Lent, I opted to share this photo gallery with my readers. If you're wondering how Chicago Catholics observe Lent, look no further.

I hope you enjoy this week's photo gallery, but I would invite my readers to share their own experiences and ideas with me. This could be especially helpful if you think I've overlooked any important aspect of Lent. I will revisit this topic at the end of the Lenten season, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

In the meantime, Happy Friday Fish Fry everyone!