Ash Wednesday at Guardian Angels – March 1
- Service – Ashes 7:30 am Church (no music)
- Mass – Ashes 9:20 am Church (with school)
- Mass – Ashes 6:00 pm Church
- Mass – Ashes 8:00 pm Church (Spanish)
- Auburn Manor Service – Ashes 9:15 am Church – Deacon Mike Dewitte
THE SEASON OF LENT begins late this year, on the 1st of March. Decide NOW (this week) what you’re going to do for Lent. The traditional Prayer, Fasting and Alms-giving are all Spiritual Works of Mercy. Or, this 2017 Lent make a difference by signing up for Guardian Angels’ “One Hour Lenten Challenge.” Thank you for your generous giving and participation.
Lent is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Ashes are a symbol of repentance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us of our desire to change and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. We remember this when we are told: ““YOU ARE DUST AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN””
ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are days of FAST. On days of fast, one full meal per day with two lesser meals is allowed. Catholics who have completed their 18th year up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound by this law. Persons legitimately excused from FAST (besides those outside the age limits) are those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need – – and other circumstances that would seriously hinder us in carrying out our work.
ASH WEDNESDAY, GOOD FRIDAY and ALL OTHER FRIDAYS OF LENT are also days of ABSTINENCE. On days of abstinence, the consumption of meat is forbidden, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year, there is no upper age limit to the law of abstinence. All the Faithful are obliged to do penance.
Persons legitimately excused from the laws of FAST and ABSTINENCE are urged to practice other forms of penance and self-denial suitable to their condition. In addition, all are urged to participate, if possible, in the Holy Mass during the week, in the Sacrament of penance, Lenten devotions, family prayer, Scripture reading, and sharing of their time and resources with the less fortunate. In this Year of Grace, through Lenten practices and the Sacrament of Reconciliation may we allow God to create in us a new heart to generously serve and be served!