THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT
Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 14th. It is a universal day of solemn abstinence and fasting. Blessed Ashes will be conferred during the usual 9:00 am Mass, and, at a 5:30 pm Mass.
Ash Wednesdays begins the holy season of Lent when we honor the 40 day fast of Our Lord, Jesus Christ in the desert of Judea, after which HE resisted the temptations of the Evil One. Hence, Lent is the 40 day period of time when we face our own temptations and resist the whims of the Evil One who seeks our separation from GOD and the destruction of our souls. That is why Holy Mother the Church advocates our own fast and abstinence so that we might detach from the distractions of the world, and may grow stronger in our understanding, our conviction, and in our love of Our Lord, and HIS holy Church.
Ash Wednesday, Fridays during Lent and Good Friday are solemn days of Fast & Abstinence.
ABSTINENCE: ALL Catholics are bound & required to abstain from ALL meat & poultry products on Fridays during Lent, and of course on Good Friday.
FASTING: All Catholic 14 – 59 years of age are bound to fast barring the ill. Fasting refers to the consuming of only one normal full meal & 2 small meals which are MEATLESS. Together, these 2 meals should not equal one full meal. Water, liquid medicines, and pill form medicines are ALWAYS permitted; expectant & nursing mothers may be exempted.
FRIDAYS: during the season of Lent are days of abstinence from all meat products and luxuriant indulgence. Remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ died on a Friday. Early Christians resonated the proclamation of St. John the Baptist who decreed that Jesus Christ is “The Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,” and therefore no further blood should be shed nor any meat consumed as a sign of our mourning, penance, and spiritual discipline. Recall also that every Wednesday during Lent recalls “Spy Wednesday” when Our Saviour was betrayed by one of His own Apostles– Judas Iscariot. Accordingly, on this day we commemorate & lament the arrangement of the betrayal of Our Lord.
STATION OF THE CROSS: will be conducted every Friday evening at 7:00 pm, followed by Benediction.
Sunday, February 18th after the 9:30 AM & 11 AM Masses