Ash Wednesday Information on Fasting & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday

Lent is a time for us to voluntarily choose to do penance and mortification as an expression of gratitude to God for what Christ did for us through His Own Suffering and Death. It is an attempt to respond to the love that He so willingly gave to us.

On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and on Good Friday, Catholics are asked to fast and abstain. Fasting (the eating of one main meal and two smaller meals with no in‐between snacks) applies to those between ages 21‐59 who are in good health and would not be hampered in their work by fasting. Abstinence (the exclusion of meat for the entire day) includes anyone from age 7 and up to any age where the loss of meat for one day would not be harmful to one’s health. Catholics are encouraged to fast and abstain on other days of Lent and all Fridays, but these days are not obligated by Church law.

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE FOR ASH WEDNESDAY:

Ashes will be distributed at all of the following:
6:30 a.m. Distribution of Ashes – Parish Chapel
7:30 a.m. Mass – Old Mission
12:00 p.m. Mass – Serra Center
4:30 p.m. Distribution of Ashes – Old Mission (Sp)
5:30 p.m. Mass – Serra Center
7:30 p.m. Spanish Mass – Serra Center