St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Almighty God,
you bring forth bountiful food from the earth
that our loved ones may never grow hungry.
For this, we give thanks.
You give us families that meet at this time
to reunite and be one with each other.
For this, we give thanks.
You have let us live in a land
that has unbridled opportunity and unparalleled freedoms.
For this, we give thanks.
For those who are hungry today,
we pray for their fulfillment.
For families that are separated, we pray for their unity.
And for people who live in the midst of persecution,
we pray for their deliverance.
We ask all these things through Christ,
our ever-risen Lord.
Amen.

LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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