Wednesday, March 6th is Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at the 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM Masses and at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years and older.
Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, by all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal; two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid food between meals is not permitted. There is a serious obligation to observe these penitential practices in a substantial way. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause of excuse. A more serious excuse is required to excuse oneself from Ash Wednesday and Good Friday fast and abstinence. During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass, self -imposed time of fasting and generosity to local, national and worldwide programs of sharing.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Every Friday during Lent, Stations of the Cross will be conducted after the 12 Noon Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel. The Teen Club will conduct Living Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 12th and Friday, April 19th at 8 PM in the Church.
10 Innovative Things to Consider Giving Up for Lent
- Vending machines of any kind: snacks, soda or even lottery tickets
- Using the word “I”: would certainly force you to say and think about things from a different perspective
- Giving of your time to someone in need of company.
- Offering constructive criticism: Only offer complements
- Throwing away plastic baggies: find at least one or two other uses after the initial use to make the product last longer.
- Pie: Don’t give up all sweets and set yourself up for failure; just pick one and stay true to your commitment.
- Name calling: Stop being judgmental by calling others “lazy”, “evil”, “scary” or “weird”.
- Excess shopping: During Lent only buy items that are essentials to you and your household. Buy for “need”, not “want”.
- Blame: During Lent you will not blame anything on anyone- take responsibility where needed and let the rest go.
- Internet: Outside of work requirements and paying bills, unplug yourself from the information superhighway. Your emails, jokes, recipes and games will still be there in forty days.
So what will you give up for Lent? Will you pick something easy like not walking and chewing gum at the same time or something a bit deeper such as refraining from using profanity words?
Whatever you choose, remember that Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for you; therefore make your sacrifice a noble one for Him.