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Lent 2018: Undo the Knots in Your Life

Ash Wednesday and VaLENTine's Day

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, aka Valentine's Day. The solemnity of Ash Wednesday supercedes the secular feast of St. Valentine, but both occasions are ultimately about Love. Read the Catholic Herald article Ashes to Ashes, Heart to Heart for an overview of how various people of faith are responding to this interesting coincidence of the calendar.

As Fr. Leo Patalinghug writes in Legatus,  "Valentine suffered. [Saints] Cyril and Methodius, by leaving their homeland, suffered. Trying to learn and create another language didn’t come easily. Put simply, if love doesn’t involve personal sacrifice or suffering, it probably isn’t genuine Christian love. This isn’t to depress anyone, but to encourage people to take up their cross as the greatest act of love."

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat, but not a holy day of obligation. It is a popular day for many people to attend Mass and receive ashes during the Mass. We have added two Masses to our daily schedule:


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