Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 2021. Here are the guidelines and events to assist you in in having a meaningful Lenten journey.
Fasting and abstinence have a long history in the Church. The custom of self-denial is meant to simplify one’s lifestyle so that freed from all distractions, we may hear and respond to God’s continued call to
conversion and holiness.
▪ Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages of 18 to 59 years (inclusive). On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed. Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together should not
equal another full meal. Liquids are allowed.
▪ Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age or older. Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday are days of abstinence.
▪ Pastoral Note: Persons unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, may practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their condition.
Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: Lent is a privileged time for celebrating this sacrament. Catholics are reminded that they are obliged to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year. We will have a Penitential Service during Lent.
Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2021
First and foremost, the reception of ashes is not mandatory nor required. Parishioners should be reminded it is their own internal disposition and intention to repent and start over that is the best fruit of Ash Wednesday, and the ashes are an external sign of that internal reality. They may enter into Lent with a repentant heart even if they decide that receiving ashes is not the right thing for them this year.
Stations of the Cross – Will be held each Friday during Lent at 3:30pm in the main Church.