Just a reminder, our Lenten observance this year begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. It requires that fasting be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence from meat is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Who must fast?
All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year on his/her 59th birthday.
What does fasting mean?
The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.
Who must abstain from eating meat?
All Catholics who are 14 years and older.
What does abstinence mean?
Abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from other good things (chocolate, T.V., social media, etc) in a spirit of penance.
Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/ or abstinence?
Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor. Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence.
Is there anything else that we can do during Lent?
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. Everyone is asked to participate in the Diocesan Ministry Appeal. Our parish goal is 175,000 dollars. Our children are encouraged to participate in the Operation Rice Bowl and other acts of charity.
Fr. Mark Zacker