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Lent 2019

ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES
MARCH 6 AT 8:45AM,
5:30PM & 7:30PM
LITURGY OF THE WORD AND ASHES AT NOON

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent which concludes with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, April 18th. It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting.

LITURGICAL MINISTERS can signup to serve on Ash Wednesday HERE or contact Kerry Fahey at liturgy@sjnaustin.org

 

PREPARING FOR LENT
“Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes it her duty to propose some specific tasks that accompany the faithful concretely in this process of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.” -Pope Benedict XVI

The 40 days of Lent correspond to the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness to fast, pray, and endure the temptations of the devil, all in preparation for his public ministry which would culminate in his death on the cross.

 

OBLIGATORY DUTIES FOR CATHOLICS DURING LENT

Fast and Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Confession: Catholics are obligated to fulfill their Easter Duty by receiving Holy Communion at least once during the Easter season (from Easter Sunday to Pentecost), therefore the Sacrament of Penance for any mortal sins is required.

Check out our calendar OF UPCOMING EVENTS!