February 11, 2018

Ash Wednesday services will be at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on February 14th.
Soup and Stations of the Cross are every Friday of Lent at 6:00 PM. We use different reflections on the Stations of the Cross each week to connect Jesus’ passion with our lives.
Daily Mass also can be a great Lenten practice. Consider coming to just one daily Mass each week. The times are Tuesday & Friday at 8:10 AM; Wednesday at 5:30 PM; and Thursday at 12:00 noon.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, which creates acultural clash between Lent and the secular calendar. Ash Wednesday is set by the date for Easter, which is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring. Therefore, Easter moves around and occasionally we get these clashes with popular culture. Nevertheless, it’s time to plan for Lent. Perhaps you can plan your Valentines celebration before or after Ash Wednesday and avoid the crowds.

Fast and abstinence from meat is part of Ash Wednesday and Lent. Abstinence means every one 14 years and older abstains from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent. Fasting means eating only 1 large meal and 2 small meals with no snacks and applies to those 18-60, although others can choose to participate. In reality, you must decide what fasting means to you based on your regular diet because many people do not eat 1 large meal and 2 small meals in a normal day. Fasting is required only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, although one may choose to fast other days. Fasting is a traditional part of not only our faith but all major religious traditions so fasting has a long connection to the spiritual journey. We fast as a reminder of our need for God and all God has given to us and in solidarity with those who struggle to have enough to eat. We need to look at the spirit of fasting and abstinence and not just the legal requirements. A meal at Bonefish grill may meet the legal requirements of abstinence, but is hardly a sacrifice that will connect us with our need for God.