SCHEDULE OF EVENTS DURING THE LENTEN SEASON
February 14, 2018 – Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:00 a.m (English)., 5:30 p.m. (Spanish), 7:00 p.m. (Latin)
Stations of the Cross Every Friday
March 16, 2018 – Stabat Mater (Stations of the Cross) at 7:00 p.m.
March 9, 2018 – Living Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
March 26, 2018 – Confessions at 7:00 p.m.
March 29, 2018 – Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 p.m.
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday Indoor Stations 2:00 p.m.
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday Liturgy 3:00 p.m. in English and 5:30 p.m. in Spanish
March 31, 2018 – Blessing of Baskets Holy Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
March 31, 2018 – Great Paschal Vigil Holy Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday regular Sunday schedule
RULES FOR FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
Canon Law of the Catholic Church concerning fasting and abstinence for Latin Rite Catholics states:
Can. 1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.
Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. (Although no particular penance is prescribed by the Church (ref. Can. 1250), the discipline of abstinence on Fridays outside of Lent and of fasting on all weekdays of Lent may be maintained. If not, they should be replaced by some other form of penance.)
Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. (Whenever a solemnity (first class feast), falls on a Friday, abstinence is dispensed.)
Can. 1252 The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.
Can. 1253 The conference of bishops can determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence as well as substitute other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety, in whole or in part, for abstinence and fast. (In the U.S. and many other countries the days of abstinence are Ash Wed. and all Fridays of Lent. On other Fridays, one is allowed to commute abstinence into another form of penance (e.g., the Way of the Cross.)