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Guidelines for Lent
The time of Lent is to be observed by Catholics as a special season of prayer, penance and works of charity.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, in particular, are the most important penitential days of the liturgical year. They are days of both fast and abstinence. All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.
The rule of fasting states that only one full meal a day can be taken. Two small meals, “sufficient to maintain strength”, are allowed, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals breaks the fast, but drinking liquid does not. The rule of fasting obliges all Catholics from 18 to 59.
Abstinence refers to the eating of meat. The common estimation of the community is used to determine what falls under the category of meat. The rule of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years or older.
The substantial observance of the laws of fast and abstinence is a serious obligation.
Self-imposed fasting on the other weekdays of Lent is recommended. Abstinence on all Fridays of the year is also highly recommended.
Our Youth Activities Upcoming 2019
March 15 – Michael Mette Concert at St. Michael, Brattleboro
March 23 - 24 – High School Confirmation Retreat at St. Ann’s Shrine, Isle La Motte
July 12 – 14 – Steubenville 2019, Lowell, MA
August 5 – 10 – Shine Workshop at Rice Memorial High School