The Holy Season of Lent: As we begin this season of preparation on Wednesday, February 14th,  Ash Wednesday, the Church reminds us of our need to intensify our spiritual lives with increased prayer, fasting and almsgiving so that we may better celebrate the fullness of our Catholic faith, namely the Easter message–Christ suffered, died, and rose for the salvation of every person. Therefore, in order to unify ourselves with what Christ did in the desert to spiritually intensify His redemptive mission for forty days and forty nights, it is important that we are all clear with what the Church asks of its members with regards to penance.

The forms of penance that are asked other than personal sacrifices are fasting and abstinence which are to be observed on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.

Fasting requires Catholics from 18 to 60 years old. The Church defines a fast as one regular meal and two smaller meals that do not exceed the amount of a regular meal; and no snacks.

Abstinence requires Catholics from 14 years of age and up to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays in honour of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Two Masses will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross will be held as follows:

1) Monday mornings after 8:00 a.m. Mass-Vocations

2) Wednesday mornings after 8:00 a.m. Mass-Mary’s Way of the Cross

3) Every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.-priest led

4) Every Friday during Lent there will be
– 2 Masses
celebrated at 8:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
 Confessions at 6:00 p.m.;
– Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m.

5) First Fridays during Lent:
Mass at 8:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Confessions at 6:00 p.m.;
Benediction at 6:20 p.m.;
Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m.