The Christian faithful are to do penance through prayer, fasting, abstinence and by exercising works of piety and charity. All Fridays through the year, and especially during Lent, are penitential days.
All who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during Lent.
All those who are 18 or older, until their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Only one full meal is allowed on days of fast. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
*The obligation does not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be affected seriously. People in doubt about fast or abstinence should consult a priest.
Lenten Pamphlets Now Available
Lent is upon us, starting next Wednesday on February 17th with Ash Wednesday. The Lenten season is a journey of our hearts and a special time to learn and grow with Jesus. There are several pamphlets of daily reflections, prayers and actions available in the gathering space, please help yourselves. May these booklets help you and your family deepen your experi-ence of Lent with more love, peace and hope.
Pillars of Lent
The first pillar of Lent is PRAYER We pray to grow in our relationship with God, and ask God for guidance on how to live our lives. In our prayer, we also thank God for the gifts we have been given, and we pray for those who have less than we do. During Lent, we can make an extra effort to pray each day to become the person God calls us to be.
The second pillar of Lent is FASTING
Fasting means we give something up to make more space for what’s truly important—our relationship with God and our neighbor. We do this to help us recognize the difference between wants and needs. Choosing to live without something we like reminds us that everything we have is a gift from God. Another aspect of Lenten fasting is not eating meat on Fridays.
The third pillar of Lent is ALMSGIVING When we give to those who have less than we do, we honor Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors, and we share the gifts we have received. This Lent, we will encounter people from other countries who we can help through our Lenten sacrifices to CRS Rice Bowl.