Posted by: resparish | March 4, 2010

Observing Lent

Lent, the period of preparation for Easter, began on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Lent is a time for communal prayer and penance. It is a time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving.

Our parish Lenten observances include Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent at 6:00 pm, followed by Soup Supper in Farana Center

The Church especially encourages us to worship at daily Mass during Lent. Our weekday Masses are at 8:15 am & 5:30 pm in the chapel.

The following are the Church’s traditional Lenten regulations on fasting and abstinence:

Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday by Catholics 14 years and older.

Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

During Lent the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass, self-imposed times of fasting, and generosity (alms-giving) to local, national, and global programs of sharing.