During Lent we have the opportunity to renew our relationships with God and each other. As Catholics, we do this primarily through three ways: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We hope this webpage will be a resource as you explore these gifts of the Church for the next 40 days!
Lenten Activities at Newman
It can seem like a lot to take on, praying, fasting and giving alms, but it's easier when we do it together as a faith community! Throughout Lent Newman will host the following opportunities. We hope you join us!
Evening Prayer- Weekdays at 5:10pm
Daily Mass- Weekdays at 5:30pm
Stations of the Cross- Fridays at 6pm
Soup & Study Supper- Fridays after Stations of the Cross, about 6:30pm
What is Lent Anyways?
Lent is upon us. But have we really taken the time to ask ourselves, what is Lent?
Busted Halo has a quick, two minute overview of Ash Wednesday & Lent. Great for those new to learning about Lent or in need of a quick review. Similarly, Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Church, has developed a video series exploring the question, what is Lent? Watch and learn with prominent Catholic figures like Father James Martin, SJ; Archbishop José Gomez; Christopher West; and others as they examine such central Lenten themes as prayer, fasting, solidarity, mercy and more.
Lent Fasting and Abstinence Regulations
Ash Wednesday begins the observance of Lent. Ash Wednesday is to be observed as a day of penance in the whole church with both abstinence and fasting. On both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday fasting and abstinence are obligatory for persons between the ages of 18 and 59 (the beginning of their sixtieth year). All persons who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat not only on these two days, but also on each of the Fridays of Lent.
To abstain (for all persons 14 and older) means to avoid the eating of meat (flesh of warm-blooded animals). Warm-blooded animals include beef, pork, veal and poultry. Fish are considered cold-blooded. Condiments derived from animals are not included in the abstinence. Therefore, frying in lard or using lard as a spread is considered acceptable.
To fast (for persons between the ages of 18 and 59) means to take only one principal meal during the day and two other meals, not equal in quantity (combined) to the principal meal. There should be no “snacks” between meals, although liquids may be taken. Milkshakes, etc. are considered as food rather than liquids because of the nutritional value.
If fasting or abstinence would be detrimental to a person’s health, for medical reasons or type of labor, the person should substitute some other form of penance. Children and youth not bound by the laws of fast and abstinence are encouraged to do some type of self-denial and penance appropriate to their age and understanding. Learn more about the origins and reasons for fasting with this Reflection on Lenten Fasting from the U.S. Bishops.