In a Washington Post blog Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the Director of Media Relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, writes:
“Ash Wednesday, the day to be unabashedly Catholic, is February 13. It’s the day when a smudge on the forehead, for those who understand it, means I’ll try to be better. I’ll do what Lent asks: more prayer, more sacrifice, more almsgiving.”
This Lent the U.S. bishops are especially urging Catholics to make going to confession an important part of their spiritual practice. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created a special webpage providing resources and suggestions to assist individual Catholics and parishes in observing Lent.