St. Casimir Catholic Church


Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday: Mass at 7 pm

Good Friday: Station of the Cross & Liturgy of Good Friday at 3 pm

Lithuanian/English Bilingual Mass at 7 pm

Holy Saturday: Lithuanian/English Bilingual Vigil Mass at 8 pm

Easter Sunday: Traditional Lithuanian Easter Mass at 6 am

English Mass at 8 am

Lithuanian Mass at 11 am

Lent 2018

(February 14 – Ash Wednesday to March 30 – Good Friday)

Guidelines for Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

Abstinence: The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age and above to abstain from eating meat. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl, including soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal-derived products such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste.

Fasting: The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th to the 59th Birthday [the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday] to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem contrary to the spirit of doing penance.

Those who are excused from fast or abstinence: Besides those outside the age limits, those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests at a meal who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense or causing enmity and other situations of moral or physical impossibility to observe the penitential discipline. Parents are encouraged to instill on their young children the spirit of prayer, act of kindness and penance during the season of lent.

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