Christian Worship Commission

The Christian Worship Commission is a collaborative body charged with overseeing the liturgical worship at St. Margaret Mary. The commission is made up of the coordinators of the liturgical ministries, six at-large members, the pastor, and any associates.

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LENTEN REGULATIONS

Abstinence from meats is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.

Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59.  Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal.  Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. 

The special Paschal fast and abstinence are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday. 

The season of Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter.  The liturgy prepares the catechumens for the celebration of the paschal mystery by the several stages of Christian initiation: it also prepares the faithful, who recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for Easter.

(General Norms for the Liturgical Year, #27)

By the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving and prayer the church keeps Lent from Ash Wednesday until the evening of Holy Thursday.  All of the faithful and the catechumens should undertake the serious practice of these three traditions.  Failure to observe penitential days totally or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious. 

(On) weekdays of Lent, we strongly recommend participation in daily Mass and self-imposed observances of fasting.  In light of grave human needs which weigh on the Christian conscience in all seasons, we urge particularly during Lent, generosity to local, national and world programs of sharing of all things needed to translate our duty to penance into a means of implementing the right of the poor to their part of our abundance.

(U.S. Bishops statement on penitential observances, 1966.)

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