Every February, Catholics mark the beginning of the Lenten season by attending Mass on Wednesday to receive Ash Wednesday and it marks the which is a special time for Catholics around the world.
As children we are taught to “give up something” during this time as a way to acknowledge that Jesus Christ suffered, died for us and rose again on the third day.
But it wasn’t until I learned more about our Catholic faith and lenten season that I fully undestood this important time for Catholics.
Why Catholics Observe Lent
Catholics observe Lent as a way to prepare for the celebration of the three days (also known as Triduum) that symbolizes the death and resurrection of Jesus. These are known as Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The lentent season consists of forty days of prayer, fasting, and abstaining. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends six weeks later or before Easter Sunday. The forty-day observance represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness enduring the temptation of Satan.
The beginning of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. This year it’s on February 18th. We hope you will join us for one of our Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Distribution of ashes will be during Mass and every hour starting at 4 p.m.
And check back every year to find out the new dates.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast for those between the ages of 21 and 59 and abstinence for those 14 years and older. To observe the law of Fast, only one full meal should be eaten during the day.
All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. To observe the law of abstinence, no meat should be eaten.
Here is a great article that has specially-made Lenten recipes we can try. Click here to check them out.
And every Friday during Lent we will have a Fish Fry at the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall. Stop by the website for updates to dates and time.