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.

Healing Service

Where: Blessed Seelos Church
When: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm

 Let us come together and pray for the sick and their caregivers.

Rosary Rally Mass March for Life Nativity BVM

Sunday Jan. 19th at 2:00 pm

God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone has  the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us  in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this    sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.