ASH WEDNESDAY & LENTEN NORMS

This year, Ash Wednesday will be on February 10 and there will be Masses celebrated at:

  • 9:30a.m. (Corpus Christi Elementary will be in attendance)
  • 6:30p.m. (Confessions at 6:00p.m.)

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting binds all persons who have completed their 18th birthday through those who have completed their 59th year, unless prevented by poor health. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s own needs. Eating between meals is not allowed although fluids may be taken.

Abstinence binds all persons who have completed their 14th birthday, unless prevented by poor health. In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the consumption of meat is not allowed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays of Lent. The Archbishop mandates this observance for the spiritual well-being of the faithful.

Lent is a penitential season and, as such, religious practices such as daily Mass, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.