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Ash Wednesday

February 6, 2018
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, a time of deep discernment and preparation during which we journey with Christ through his suffering, death, and resurrection. Ashes will be distributed at three Catholic Eucharistic liturgies in the DeNaples Center Ballroom: 12:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Valentine's Day. So you may want to celebrate the night before if planning an elaborate dinner. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.

What does it mean to FAST?
Those from age 18 until age 59 are permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal.
What does it mean to ABSTAIN?
Catholics who are age 14 and up are to abstain – or refrain from – eating meat. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.
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