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LENT BEGINS FEB 26 ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday Masses (All are welcome to any of these Masses):

Feb 25 Tuesday       : 7pm (PREP)

Feb 26 Wednesday  : 8am, 9:30am (School), 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Distribution of ashes occurs after the homily of each Mass.

No ash distribution will be made after Mass.

No Confessions before or after all Ash Wednesday Masses.

No Adoration or Benediction in the evening.

No Healing Prayer ministry, no Bible Study.

Parking at the back of the school will be open for the 5:30pm and 7:30pm Masses. 

Stations of the Cross:

Every Friday during Lent at 6:30 pm followed by the 7 pm Mass.

The first one will be on Feb 28. Please join this meaningful Lenten Observance.

Fasting and Abstinence

The Church prescribes fasting (only one full meal and two smaller meals which together are not greater than a full meal) and abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Catholics aged 18-59 are bound to fast; those 14 and older to abstinence. Those who are ill are freed from these obligations. Everyone, even those above the age of 59, are encouraged to fast and abstain. Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance.

Fridays are special days of abstinence. This includes Fridays of Lent, although Catholics can substitute special acts of charity or piety on these days.