Ash Wednesday – Fasting and Abstinence

LENT

Abstinence

All Catholics 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
In their Penance and Abstinence pastoral, the U.S. Bishops declared: “the obligation both to fast and to abstain from meat, an obligation observed under a more strict formality by our fathers in faith, still binds on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  No Catholic Christian will lightly excuse himself from so hallowed an obligation.”  They also stated, “we preserve for our dioceses the tradition of abstinence from meat on each of the Fridays of Lent, confident that no Catholic Christian will lightly hold himself excused from this penitential practice.”

Fasting

Catholics 18-59 years of age who are in good health are obliged to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  On all the weekdays of Lent, the U.S. Bishops strongly encourage the faithful to participate in Mass and to observe a self-imposed fast.  The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening.  Customarily, the two smaller “collations,” when considered together, should not equal the main meal, and ideally, should be eaten only if needed to maintain one’s strength.  Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.  In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

BLESSED SEELOS LENTEN DINNERS ** FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

We are in need of donations for our Lenten dinners.  Every week there will be a separate sign-up sheet for different items.  Your donations are greatly appreciated and help make these dinners a success for our parish!  Our Lenten dinners are on the following Fridays:  February 28th; March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & April 3rd from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm.  The cost is $8 a plate.

Special Collection- Lenten Dinners

We will have a special collection next weekend, Feb. 15th / 16th for our parish Lenten dinners.  This will be used to offset the inital cost of supplies.  Please be generous in your support.

More information to come. See the Calendar for Lenten Dinner dates.

Women’s Cursillo Feb. 27th – March 1st

When was the last time you took time to grow in faith, to grow in grace?  Perhaps now is a time to think about making a Cursillo.  Cursillo is a 3-day encounter with Christ.  It is an opportunity to learn how to more fully live an authentic Christian life.  Please prayerfully consider making a Cursillo Weekend. **Applications are in the back of the church.  Please fill out the form and give it to Fr. Godfrey.  If you have any questions regarding a sponsor, please see Fr. Godfrey.

Forms can be downloaded here.