Lenten Schedule:

  • Ash Wednesday Masses: 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM (2/18)
  • Stations of The Cross and Benediction: Friday's at 7:00 PM
  • Reconciliation (Confessions): Saturday's at 8:30 AM & 2:30 PM

 

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Liturgical Reflection

 Ash Wednesday

 

Wednesday, February 18, is Ash Wednesday when the Church begins the forty day journey toward the Triduum (The Three Days) with the annual discipline of fasting, praying and giving alms. Ash Wednesday (February 18) and Good Friday (April 3) are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays in Lent (February 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27) are days of abstinence. FASTING refers to only one full meal, with two small meals and no eating otherwise for the day. ABSTINENCE refers to not eating meat at all during the day. The Church directs the holy FAST to all those in their 18th year until their 60th year (Canon 1252). The ancient practice of fasting and abstaining can occur throughout other days in Lent. This is not obligatory and can take a variety of forms distinct from food. 

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