The Church asks us to give ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving of alms during the Lenten season. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and possessions and through work of many kinds for a just world.
Fasting and Abstinence
According to Canon Law regarding Lenten Fast and Abstinence, the following is a definition of our Lenten obligation.
Law of Fast
Law of Abstinence
The Code of Canon Law very aptly summarizes the Church's discipline in Canon 1249: "All members of the Christian faithful in their own way are bound to do penance in virtue of divine law; in order that all may be joined in a common observance of penance, penitential days are prescribed in which the Christian faithful in a special way pray, exercise works of piety and charity and deny themselves by fulfilling their responsibilities more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence."
Diocesan directives call for Lenten devotions at least twice a week on days other than Sunday. The celebration of additional Masses during the week would fulfill these directives, as would the celebration of Liturgy of the Hours and the additional practices of Stations of the Cross and Friday evening devotions.
ALMSGIVING Is the foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God."
The EASTER DUTY is the obligation to receive Holy Eucharist between the First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021 through Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an obligation for all those who are conscious of grave sin. The time for fulfilling the precept of A frequent celebration of Reconciliation is encouraged for all, especially during the Lenten Season. A Lenten Penance Service with opportunity for individual confession and absolution will be held on Sunday, March 7 at 1:30 PM at Sacred Heart Church in Laconia.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God.
Lenten Messages, Resources, Classes
Thursdays During Lent