All are invited to our Ash Wednesday services in the church on February 26th:
- 8:00am Mass
- 10:00am School
- 12:10pm Service
- 6:30pm Mass
Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer, that comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. This day includes the wearing of ashes on our head to symbolize the dust from which God made us. As ashes are applied to our forehead, the minister says the words "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" or “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” to serve as a reminder of our intended focus during this penitential season.
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26th and Good Friday, April 10 are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.