During the six weeks (40 days) before Easter we celebrate the liturgical season of Lent. The priest wears purple vestments, and we do not sing or recite the Gloria during Mass. We are called to fasting and abstinence, with dietary restrictions on Fridays, and there are traditional lenten devotions such as Stations of the Cross, that you will see on the parish events calendar. Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6.
Why is Lent 40 days? Learn more about it, and get some links to lenten devotions, homilies and information at the Catholic Television blog.