PORTLAND — Lent, which began Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and ends on Holy Thursday, April 1, is a period of spiritual renewal that helps parishioners prepare for the celebration of Easter. The three pillars of the Lenten season are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

A special Lent section, portlanddiocese.org/lent-resources, has been launched on the Diocese of Portland website featuring a variety of resources to assist on the Lenten journey.

The section will be updated throughout Lent. During Lent, news, stories, pictures and videos from around Maine can be found on the following social media sources: portlanddiocese.org, facebook.com/PortlandDiocese, twitter.com/PortlandDiocese and instagram.com/portlanddioceseme.