Lenten Guidelines

One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. 

As Jesus fasted 40 days in the desert, the Church traditionally fasts  during Lent. A form of bodily prayer, fasting and abstinence in union  with other Christians reminds us of our utter dependence on and love for God. A gesture of repentance, fasting is symbolic of a change of heart as we turn away from sin and live in fidelity to the Gospel.

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

ABSTINENCE From meat is to be observed by all Catholics age 14 and older on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. NB Rice bowls (Food Coin Donations) available at the church entrance