Lent 2020: A Few Reminders
March 1, 2020
Father David Jones
More Praying…More Fasting…More Giving
It might be more accurate to say that there is the “forty day fast within Lent.” Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable.
The Sundays are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of of abstinence.
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.
When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church form age 14 onwards.
Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.
In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN TIME TO INCREASE PRAYING
For the seaon of Lent:
The church will be open daily from Noon - 6:00 PM for personal prayer.
Mass will be celebrated every Wednesday at 12:30 PM for communal prayer.
Stations of the Cross are prayed on Friday at Noon.
Invite someone back to church for Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Parish organizations are asked to schedule a prayer service for members.
Any and all parishioners are invited to schedule a prayer service for family, friends, neighbors, “whom so ever will, let him come” with you.
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN TIME TO INCREASE GIVING
St. Benedict the African (SBA) assists non-SBA ministries with $5,000 each Easter. Please give more during Lent in order to help us make this Easter gift.
The Parish Council will select 2020 recipients at the March 9th meeting.
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN TIME TO INCREASE FASTING
There will be less food and no meat for hospitality after Mass.