On Ash Wednesday, February 14th, Queens will have Masses with ashes at 6:45am, a school Mass at 9am and the final Mass is at 5:30pm. There will be NO 5pm holy hour on Ash Wednesday. At 12:15pm there will be a brief service, not a Mass, with ashes only in the church. Everyone abstains from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent. Those of a certain age must also fast, which means reducing our intake of food. Fasting and abstinence are not synonymous words to describe the same thing. They are different.
Here are the rules for fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. 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 norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards (source: www.usccb.org)
There is no medical excuse for people not being able to abstain from meat. Those who must take food with medicine should do so. Those who become ill or faint when fasting should be mindful of their condition when planning the menu for days of fasting.
As for Lent itself, look for the following in the weeks ahead:
Stations of the Cross on Fridays
Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Dinners
The 2024 Diocesan Services Appeal begins the Second Sunday of Lent, February 24-25.
We’re working on a plan for Wednesday Night Simple Suppers beginning February 21st.
The Queens Lenten Penance Service will be at 7pm on Tuesday March 19th.