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).
THE FOLLOWING SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED:
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
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