"10 Things to do for Lent"

March 3, 2019

Lent will begin this Wednesday, March 6. Ash Wednesday Masses will be at 7:00 AM, 8:15 AM, and 6:30 PM. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, fasting and abstinence are observed by all Catholics during the Lenten season.

Fasting is required on two days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This applies for those who are 18-59 years old. On these two days, only one full meal is permitted, along with two smaller meals that are no more than the one full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed, including juices.

Abstinence is to refrain from eating meat on all Fridays during Lent. This is applicable to all who are 14 years old or older.

PLEASE remember that if you are ill, including chronic illnesses, pregnant or nursing, you are NOT required to observe fasting. Generally, we use common sense in these situations.

Here are “10 Things to do for Lent” for 2019

1) Attend Sunday Mass regularly.

2) Attend daily Mass if available.

3) Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).

4) Read daily Scripture readings www.usccb.org

5) Spend one quiet minute a day with Jesus.

6) At least one act of mercy or kindness a week.

Feed the hungry

Shelter the homeless

Clothe the naked

Visit the sick and imprisoned

Bury the dead

Give alms to the poor

Instruct

Advise

Console

Comfort

Forgive

Bear wrongs patiently

7) Refrain from Gossip

8) Unplug from TV & Internet one day a week.

9) No unkind words.

10) Forgive one person.

These are sacrifices or offerings that we make to God. These acts and intentions help us to turn our attention to Him. As Joel proclaims in the First Reading on Ash Wednesday: “Return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness…”

Kathryn Richards