Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.
What is the Lenten fast? Fasting consists of a single meal during the day, with frugal eating in the morning and evening. Nothing is to be eaten between meals. If one eats a meal at midday, one only takes a light snack in the evening.
People over 60 years of age, young people under 18 years of age and pregnant women are exempt from fasting.
What is abstinence? The law of abstinence forbids eating meat and meat juices, as well as the blood, fat, and marrow of animals. It does not forbid eggs, dairy products (milk, cream, butter, cheese), oleo margarine, condiments and seasonings, even if they come from animal fat.
All the faithful who have completed fourteen years of age (traditionally from seven years of age) and the use of reason are bound by the law of abstinence.
We commend to your prayers the soul of Richard Mathieu. The funeral was celebrated on Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 pm at the St. Joseph Chapel, Montréal. R.I.P.
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Announcement for Ottawa:
Every Sunday during Lent (March 1 to 29):
- Mass at 10:00 a.m.
- Followed by a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Lenten Conferences at Saint-Césaire:
Every Sunday of Lent (from March 1st to 29th):
- Mass at 8:00 a.m.
- Lenten Conference for adults (during the children's catechism class)
Retreats in Saint-Césaire:
For men (18 years old and above)
- 5 days: Monday July 27 to Saturday August 1st
- 5 days: Monday December 14 to Saturday December 19
For ladies (17 years old and above)
- 5 days: Monday July 19 to Saturday July 24