Ash Wednesday (Updated)

Cross of Ashes

ASH WEDNESDAY is February 18th as we begin Lent with the symbol of ashes, a reminder of our humanness and of the passage of time. Ashes will be distributed during each of our Masses this Wednesday.

In addition to our usual Masses at 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm,
a Mass has also been scheduled for 7:30 pm.



Fasting & Abstinence, Observance
As Catholics we are aware of the practices of fasting and of abstinence. Fasting is about how much or how little food we take in over a period of time. Abstinence has to do with the kinds of foods we deny ourselves (e.g. meat, chocolate). Fasting for religious purposes is a practice of self-discipline and has a long tradition in many religions and in the Church. It is used as an aid to concentration in prayer and it also helps develop a sensitivity to those in need. As a Church abstinence calls us (aged 14 years or older) to refrain from the eating of meat. Fasting allows only 1 full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and the evening. In addition, eating between meals is prohibited. Fasting applies to those between the ages of 18–59. In Canada Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the required days of fasting and abstinence. 

uCatholic | A Complete Guide To The Rules For Lent


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