Lent 2024: Here’s what you need to know to have a good season

Lent 2024 began Wednesday, Feb. 14, leading to Holy Week and the celebration of Easter on March 31.

All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays also are bound to observe the Laws of Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

Our parish is here to help you make a good Lent:

  • At 12:15 p.m. each Friday during the season, there will be Stations of the Cross.
  • Those “little black books” with daily reflections and prayers will be available for you to take home.
  • As has become a tradition, the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl will be available. Throw your spare change and currency into those little containers to help those less fortunate have a better life. There also is an envelope in your donation envelopes.
  • The Mount Carmel Society will host its annual Lenten Luncheon at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Salerno Room. Tickets are $10 and available after all Masses, in the parish office or through Rosemary Chiffy at 315-735-6832. All proceeds benefit the Abraham House. The meal includes your choice of a grilled cheese or tuna fish sandwich and a bowl of meatless minestrone. Donations will be accepted from anyone who cannot attend the luncheon.
  • There also are many materials on our parish website. Click HERE to find them.

15 acts of love from Pope Francis

Pope Francis suggests 15 simple acts of love instead of fasting from meat.

  1. Say hello (every time and everywhere).
  2. A thank you (even if you’re not “expected”).
  3. Remind others how much you love them.
  4. Say hello to people you see every day.
  5. Listen to each other’s stories without prejudice, with love.
  6. Stop by to help yourself. Pay attention to those who need you.
  7. To lift someone’s spirits.
  8. Celebrate the good sides or successes of others.
  9. Choose what you don’t use and donate it to someone who needs it.
  10. When it is necessary to help another instead of resting.
  11. Remind with love, don’t keep silent out of fear.
  12. Getting deep with those close to you.
  13. Wash what I use at home.
  14. Helping others overcome obstacles.
  15. Call your parents if you are lucky enough to still have them.

Other suggestions

  • Refrain from insults and pass on kind words.
  • Fast from discontent and fill yourself with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and fill yourself with gentleness and patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and fill yourself with hope and optimism.
  • Fast from your worries and fill your trust in God.
  • Fast from complaining and fill your life with simple things.
  • Fast from pressure and fill yourself with prayer.
  • Fast from sorrow and bitterness, and fill your heart with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and fill yourself with compassion for others.
  • Fast from unforgiveness and fill yourself with attitudes of reconciliation.
  • Fast from words and fill yourself with silence and listening to others.
  • If we all live this fast, our everyday lives will be fulfilled: Peace, trust, joy and life.