When we begin the holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we must remember the significance of the ashes we will receive: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ. Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven.
Abstinence—All who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during Lent.
Fasting—All those who are 18 and older, until their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Only one full meal is allowed on days of fast. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs. But together, they should not equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
The obligation does not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be seriously affected. People in doubt about fast or abstinence should consult a parish priest. If you are exempt from the fasting rules, it is a good idea to substitute another penance.
Lent is a great time to go to confession and turn away from sin especially any mortal sins you’ve committed.
During Lent the Christian faithful are to do penance through prayer, fasting, abstinence and by exercising works of piety and charity. All Fridays through the year, and especially during Lent, are penitential days.
Everyone is invited to the Way of the Cross here at St. Bernadette on Fridays during Lent at 6:00 p.m.