LENT 2020   

Repent & believe in the Gospel

Join us on a faith journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten season.

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Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Here are frequently asked questions and answers about Catholic practices during Lent.

One way to help others during Lent is by supporting Catholic Relief Services' annual Operation Rice Bowl. Here is an overview, and here are some of the local organizations that have benefited from contributions to Operation Rice Bowl.