Ash Wednesday is February 17. Mass at Holy Trinity will be at 7:00 PM and at Nativity at 8:15 AM.
Holy Trinity will be hosting a Lenten evening prayer service including Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary, gospel reading and reflection. The date is Monday, February 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church.
The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday is a day of abstinence from meat and also a day of fast, that is, limited to a single full meal. The Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence is intended for all Catholics 14 years and older; while fasting is intended for those between the ages of 18 and 59. The teaching of the Church is that failure to observe an individual day of penance is not considered seriously wrong. However, the obligation to observe some form of penance is a serious one and should not be ignored. People should be encouraged to do more rather than less. Fast and abstinence on the days prescribe should be considered a minimum response to the Lords’ call to penance and conversion.