"This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own." (Is 58)
One of the most ancient practices linked to the season of Lent is fasting. Fasting is not only a discipline of self-control, but also serves as an aid to prayer. Just as our bodies hunger for physical food, so too, do our souls hunger for God. By fasting we signify our oneness with the Lord, acknowledge our need for conversion and give witness to our solidarity with those less fortunate.
Traditionally, fasting means not eating more than one full meal and two smaller (half) meals. Also, there is no eating between meals. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten. Catholics who are 18 to 59 years old are expected to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Abstinence is the avoidance of meat products (not including eggs, milk and condiments made of animal fat). The U.S. Catholic bishops call for all Catholics 14 years and older to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays of Lent. There is no upper age limit.
These traditions of fasting and abstinence are an expression of our desire to be converted in our hearts, to be reconciled with each other, and to love our neighbor.
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Austin Diocese Lenten Overview
February 10, 2016
Masses: 12:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m. (chapel) and 7 p.m.
(Ashes will be distributed at all Masses.)
Masses during Lent
Tuesday, 7:30 am
Wednesdays, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm
Thursday, 7:30 am
Friday, 12:10 and 5:15 pm
Saturday, 5:15 pm
Sunday, 8:00 and 10:30 am
Every Saturday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Except April 26, 2016)
Friday, February 12, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday, Mar ch11, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Parish Lenten Penance Service: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross and Benediction
Fridays during Lent at 7 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
Fridays during Lent, 5 - 8 p.m. (except Good Friday)
in the KC Hall, corner of Richland and Sanger Ave.
This Fundraiser benefits our parish graduating seniors
(KC Scholarship program).
Sacred Heart Church, Waco: Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm
St. Francis on the Brazos Church, Waco: Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm
St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Waco: Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
St. John the Baptist Church, Waco: Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
St. Mary, Church of the Assumption, West: Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
St. Mary, Church of the Assumption, West: Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Church, Elk: Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm
St. Jerome Church, Waco: Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm
St. Mary Church, Mexia: Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm
St. Joseph Church, Bellmead: Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
St. Thomas Church, Hamilton: Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Gatesville: Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm
St. Louis Church, Waco: Mar 18 @ 9:00 am
St. Martin, Tours: Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm