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LENT BEGINS MAR 6 2019

Mar 6, Ash Wednesday Masses:

8am, 9:30am (for St. Mary’s School), 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Distribution of ashes occurs after the homily of each Ash Wednesday Mass. No ash distribution will be made after Mass.

There will be no Adoration, Confession or Benediction in the evening.

Parking at the back of the school will be open for the evening 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 March 8. Please join this meaningful Lenten Observance.

Quoted from https://rcav.org/lent/:

Lent is the forty-day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). Experience a deeper Lent this year by being the best version of yourself, preparing through penance and reflection, and seeking answers to your Lenten questions.

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.

S.29 of Canada’s liturgical calendar, the Ordo, specifies that Fridays are special days of abstinence. This includes Fridays of Lent, although Catholics can substitute special acts of charity or piety on these days.