Holy Spirit Parish at Geist

From the Desk of Fr. Dan

From the Desk of Fr. Dan

Don’t forget our wonderful Lenten Fish Fries the Holy Spirit Men’s Club hosts every Friday in the PLC.  Great food and a super value!

The Lenten Season is here.  I hope that all of you doing something special for Lent. The Lenten books are  available in the Gathering Space to help you on your spiritual journey. I remind you of the following: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence and all Fridays during Lent are days of Abstinence. 

                Fast – All adults are bound by the Law of Fast up to the beginning of their 60th year. (Canon 1252) “A person who has completed their 18th year of age is an adult.” (Canon 97, p.1) On days of Fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted; but liquids, including milk and fruit juices, are allowed.

                Abstinence – “All persons who have completed their 14th year are bound by the Law of Abstinence.” (Canon 1252) On days of Abstinence, no meat is allowed.  Note – When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning Fast or Abstinence, a parish priest or confessor should be consulted. In addition, other acts of penance are to be chosen by each person according to circumstances. These ideally will include increased prayer life, greater effort in the pursuit of virtue and the voluntary surrender of pleasures. “It is for the conference of Bishops to      determine more precisely the observance of Fast and          Abstinence and exercises of piety.” (Canon 1253) In response to this authorization the Bishops of the United States have described the seriousness of the obligation: “With regard to the obligatory days listed above, however, there is frequent question about the degree of seriousness of the matter.” The teaching of Pope Paul VI may be simply paraphrased: “The obligation to do penance is a serious one; the obligation to observe, as a whole or ‘substantially’ the penitential days specified by the Church is also serious. No one should be scrupulous in this regard; failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious; rather it is the failure to observe any penitential days at all or a substantial number of such days which must be considered serious. People should seek to do more rather than less. Fast and Abstinence on the days prescribed; works of religion and charity on the Fridays outside of Lent should be considered a minimal response to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion of life.”

Fr Dan

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