Fasting and Abstinence

As Catholics we are aware of the practices of fasting and of abstinence. Fasting is about how much or how little food we take in over a period of time. Abstinence has to do with the kinds of foods we deny ourselves (e.g. meat, chocolate). Fasting for religious purposes is a practice of self-discipline and has a long tradition in many religions and in the Church. It is used as an aid to concentration in prayer and it also helps develop a sensitivity to those in need. As a Church, abstinence calls us (aged 14 years or older) to refrain from the eating of meat. Fasting allows only 1 full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and the evening. In addition, eating between meals is prohibited. Fasting applies to those between the ages of 18 – 59. In Canada, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the required days of fasting and abstinence.


Upcoming Events

Simbang Gabi: A Christmas Novena
2018 Dec 15 - 19:00
Christmas at Lourdes (2018 Schedule)
2018 Dec 22 (All day)
Parish Christmas Party
2018 Dec 23 - 13:30
Penance Service
2018 Dec 10 - 19:30
Christmas Concert
2018 Dec 14 - 19:00