LENTEN DISCIPLINES AND REGULATIONS
Lent prepares the faithful to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. It is a time for reflection and spiritual renewal; a time to examine one’s relationships with God and others. The Church also calls Catholics to a spirit of penance, above all fasting, prayer and almsgiving, “which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others” (CCC1969,1434).
All who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during Lent.
Abstinence forbids the eating of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are not forbidden. So it is permissible to use margarine and lard. Even bacon drippings which contain little bits of meat may be poured over lettuce as seasoning.
All those who are 18 and older, until their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Fasting means having only one full meal on days of fast. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal the one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
The obligation does not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be seriously affected. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.
The obligation to do penance is a serious one; the obligation to observe the days of penance is also serious.
The office will close at 12:30pm on Fridays, all other days will remain open from 8:30am - 4:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm).
If you need to pick up a key for a function at the Parish Center for the weekend, please be sure to do so on Thursday, or before 12:30pm on Friday.