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.
Ashes will be distributed at all of the following:
6:30 a.m. Distribution of Ashes – Old Mission
7:30 a.m. Mass – Parish Chapel
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
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
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. The only days that are legislated by church law are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The other days of Lent and all Fridays are encouraged but not obligated by law.
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. The days of full Abstinence are Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.