Friday, February 25, 2022

THE SEASON OF LENT BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2022. It is a time of baptismal renewal and preparation for the Easter celebration of the death and resurrection of the Lord. Personal, family and small group prayer, daily Mass, fasting, acts of mortification and works of charity and service are strongly recommended ways to observe the season of Lent. The same goes for a greater reflection on the Word of God.


1. All Catholics 14 years and older must abstain from all meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday in Lent, unless a particular Friday is a solemnity.

2. All Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. (Canon #1252)

3. Fasting allows one full meal and two small meals, which combined are not superior to a full meal. It is forbidden to eat between meals.

4. A spirit of fasting is recommended throughout Lent in anticipation of the great feast of Easter. Thus, Christians express their hunger for God, their responsibility towards the poor and their recognition of the Kingdom of God as the answer to all human hungers.

5. “Pastors and parents should see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence are educated in a genuine sense of penance.” (Canon #1252)


Airport workers, travelers and others on board ships or aircraft are exempt from fasting and abstinence laws for the duration of their journey (except Good Friday). However, it is desirable that those who are so exempted do pious work in compensation.


Every Catholic must receive Holy Communion at least once between the first Sunday of Lent, March 6, 2022 and Trinity Sunday, June 12, 2022, unless a just cause justifies another time of year . (Canon #920)


Those who marry during Lent must refrain from “excessive festivities” and must take into account the special character of the liturgical season.


According to a response from the Congregation for Divine Worship (January 1985), other people can help the priest to lay the ashes, for example deacons, special ministers of communion and other laity, when there is a real pastoral need. (During the pandemic, the distribution of ashes may be simplified in accordance with authoritative guidelines.)

Deacons and Extraordinary Communion Ministers may bring blessed ashes to the sick and those confined to their homes. If a minister is not available, a family member or other person may bring blessed ashes to an inmate, using one of the sacramentary formulas (also printed in missalette) to impose the ashes. (BCL Newsletter, January 1980). (As per simplified guidelines.)

Deacon George Reade, Chancellor

By order of: Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, DD Bishop of Salt Lake City

February 10, 2022

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