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ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. This obligation may be fulfilled between February 18 (First Sunday in Lent) and May 27 (Trinity Sunday).


RECONCILIATION: Catholics are bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year (Canon 989).

OTHER FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR: Catholics should be reminded that all other Fridays of the year remain as days of penance, in prayerful remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

OBLIGATION: The obligation which we have as members of the Church to do penance is a serious one. Furthermore, the obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially”, the penitential days specified by the Church is a serious one.

Begins the evening of Holy Thursday, April 18th

Ends the evening of Easter Sunday, April 21st


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Holy Thursday, April 18th

  • Mass – 7:00 pm


Good Friday, April 19th

  • Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 pm
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet – 4:00 pm
  • Presentation of the Last Seven Words of Christ by Deacon Tim – 7:00 pm


Holy Saturday, April 20th

  • Blessing of Easter Food – 11:00 am
  • Easter Vigil – 8:00 pm


Easter Sunday, April 21st

  • Mass – 8:30 and 11:00 am

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