- 7:00am, 8:30am 12:00noon and 6:00pm English;
- 8:00pm Spanish.
Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world. The Joy of the Gospel.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and we begin something that puts us totally out of step with modern life and culture. We are set apart because we give serious thought to things that our world refuses to consider. In fact, the world around us seems dedicated to distracting us from those things on which we must reflect.
“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These words, the words we must consider are traditionally spoken on Ash Wednesday. Ashes mark our foreheads, reminding us of our vulnerability, our frail nature, our weakness, mortality and our sin. We are free to do this because we know that the season of Lent leads us to the Festival of the Resurrection. Out of weakness, strength emerges. Out of death, comes Resurrection.
Lord help us to remember that we are dust. By your death and resurrection give us the strength to live a new life. Amen
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days 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 on Fridays are binding upon Catholics from age 14 onwards.