PASTOR’S CORNER FEB. 5, 2013
Wednesday begins the Season of Lent!! Whoa, it seems that we just finished celebrating Christmas and now we are focused on Easter. Many people wonder how the date for Easter is established. In a nutshell…Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April. This year Easter fall on March 31st. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13. If you are counting the 40 days of Lent remember that Lent officially ends on Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. Holy Week is separate from Lent and has its own history and meaning. More on that later.
Remember the laws of fasting and abstaining during Lent:
In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that “the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth.” Thus, the Lenten rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:
- Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
- Every person between the age of 18 and 60 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. (One main meal and two others less than or equal to the largest meal with no eating or drinking, expect water, between meals.)
Our Lenten Season will begin this Sunday Night with Mardi Gras. We are celebrating Mardi Gras on Sunday because the installtion of Bishop Sullivan is on Tuesday. We have a full schedule of events during Lent and Holy Week. Please check the bulletin insert for topics, events and times.
We have new supply of glueten free hosts. If you need to receive one of these hosts please speak with Fr. Cosme or myself several minutes before Mass so we can put one aside for you.
In this Year of Faith it is important that we make an extra effort to celebrate the Lenten Season with more fervor. Blessings to all, Fr. John