Wednesday, February 14
Note on Ash Wednesday:
The 2018 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
The ashes received at Mass on Ash Wednesday are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. The ashes are also reminders of God’s grace and mercy to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.