This Wednesday, February 26th, is Ash Wednesday, and the penitential season of Lent begins. On Ash Wednesday we receive ashes on our foreheads as an outward sign of mourning, sorrow, and repentance. Upon receiving the ashes, the minister says to each person either “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return;” OR “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” As in the past, we will have Masses at:
7AM, 9AM, 12 Noon, and 7PM.
Here are the Lenten Regulations of Abstinence and Fasting for Lent: Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday, and on all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age, but not yet 59.
Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. The special Paschal Fast, as well as abstinence, are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.
This weekend is “Follow-Up Weekend” for the Annual Catholic Appeal; envelopes will be on the tables for those who may have missed the opportunity to participate at the Masses last weekend.
My hope is that the entire Parish, each and every one of us, will enter into the true spirit of Lent. Let us pray for a Lent that leads to contrition and repentance, and that renews and invigorates our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Save the Date: Our Parish Lenten Mission will be Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, from 7PM until 7:45PM, followed by fellowship in the Parish Center, provided by the Our Lady of Humility Women’s Club. Fr. Brian Carpenter will give the Mission, titled, “Living Mercy and Forgiveness in a Violent, Victimizing World.” This will be a unique Mission highly applicable to one’s spiritual life.
I wish you all a prayerful and appropriately penitential Season of Lent. I would also like to once again thank all of you for your support of the Annual Catholic Appeal of the Archdiocese of Chicago.