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ASH WEDNESDAY: A DAY OF FAST & ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT

In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance—a day of contemplating one's transgressions. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 (whose health enables them to do so) are permitted to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not equal the full meal. Some Catholics will go beyond the minimum obligations demanded by the Church and undertake a complete fast, or a bread and water fast. 

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of abstinence from meat (mammals and fowl), as are all Fridays during Lent. Some Catholics continue fasting throughout Lent, as was the Church's traditional requirement, concluding only after the celebration of the Easter Vigil. 

In the medieval period, the day before Ash Wednesday was the required annual day of confessing one's sins and receiving absolution and instructions on the penances to be performed during Lent, the reason it was called Shrove Tuesday.

OLDP SCHOOL STUDENTS DONATE FOOD TO OUR PARISH FOOD PANTRY

The OLDP School students and their families donated more than 4,400 items to our food pantry this past week.  We wish to thank them for their service to our parish and parishioners.

UPDATE: FR. MARK ODOI

We received a letter from Fr. Mark Odoi (he served as a Transitional Deacon at OLDP in 2015) updating us on his ministry/assignment in Uganda.  Here are some excerpts from that letter:

Greetings to you, Ms. Mickie, OLDP Parish staff and Family,

We have been having unusually extreme drought here in Uganda. This has caused serious famine to the majority of families and has also dangerously reduced water levels at the country's only hydro-power generation dam. There is thus very little electricity and even the little internet access has dwindled further.

I hope you all are doing fine. Just wanted to let you know that I was at last able to buy a used Nissan Vehicle to help with my pastoral outreach here. I THANK YOU AND ALL THE OLDP PARISHIONERS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY that enabled me to acquire it. May the almighty bless each of you abundantly,