Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday (this year March 2nd) and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ. (from USCCB)
Abstinence from meats is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all 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.
ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
Mass at 6:30 AM & 8:15 AM at St. Peter Campus
Service at 12:00 Noon at St. Lambert Campus
Mass at 5:00 PM at St. Lambert Campus
Mass at 7:00 PM at St Peter Campus CHAPEL
Ashes will be distributed during the Masses and Service.