Ash Wednesday, March 5, marks the beginning of Lent. This season is an opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds for the highest feast of the year, EASTER, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Church and the Diocese of Fargo provide the following regulations!
Abstinence - Catholics 14 years of age and older must abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays in Lent.
Fasting - Catholics between the ages of 18-59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means eating only one full meal a day, with two smaller meals permitted. The two smaller meals combined are not to be greater than the full meal.
Reconciliation - All the faithful who have reached the age of reason are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once per year. Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion without previously having been to sacramental confession.
Holy Communion - Catholics who have received First Holy Communion are obliged to make a worthy reception of Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter Season.