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Parish Meal - Ash Wednesday

We welcome parishioners and visitors to share in a simple parish meal following the 5:15 pm Mass at Holy Redeemer on Ash Wednesday. This parish meal will replace our regular Parish Brunch the following weekend.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence (while all Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday in order to begin the Lenten season with the proper attitude and reflection, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation). Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI said, "Denying material food, which nourishes our body, nurtures an interior disposition to listen to Christ and be fed by His saving word. Through fasting and praying, we allow Him to come and satisfy the deepest hunger that we experience in the depths of our being: the hunger and thirst for God."

Fasting and Abstinence Defined

Fasting: Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (in addition to abstaining from meat on those days). Those who are bound to this practice may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals (that don't equal one full meal) are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods in-between meals is not permitted.

Abstinence: Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.