Fast and Abstinence
Abstinence (No Meat)
Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of abstinence (meatless meals) for Catholics age 14 and up.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence.
When fasting, a person is permitted one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal.
Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until 59.
Soup and Stations
Wednesdays, March 8 - April 5, 6:30 - 8pm
(Mass at 6pm)
Eat a light soup supper
Learn about ways to help those in need
Pray the Stations of the Cross
Please bring a can of soup to donate.
Free. Family-friendly. All are welcome!
(Opportunities to volunteer!)
Journey to the Cross
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 - 8pm
(Canceled) See "Soup & Stations"
Operation Rice Bowl
Five minutes a day of
... means an enriched Lenten Journey for your family and lifesaving aid around the world. Pick up a CRS Rice Bowl in the Commons this Ash Wednesday and join our parish in a journey of solidarity this Lent. Visit crsricebowl.org for family activities, recipes and more!
Friday Fish Fry
Knights of Columbus Friday Fish Fry!
Fridays, March 3 - April 7
5 - 6:30pm
at the Knights Hall
8592 Richmond Hwy Alexandria 22309
Fish fillet, potato salad, cole slaw, fries,
ice cream, coffee/soda
Kids Menu: fish sticks, fries, ice cream
$7.50 / adult
$4 / child (12 & under)
$30 / max (family)
Care for Creation
Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and more intentional sharing. A form of 'fasting' is to be mindful of our use of resources. This year, our church is joining with many others in heeding the call to be stewards of God’s Creation. May this calendar remind us to be more mindful of the ways that our daily habits impact both “our common home” and all those with whom we share it. May we answer God’s call to be faithful stewards.
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them. Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life. Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light. Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify. Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; feast on patience. Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism. Fast from worry; feast on trust. Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation. Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer. Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence. Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness. Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others. Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal Truth. Fast from discouragement; feast on hope. Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift. Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm. Fast from suspicion; feast on truth. Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire. Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity. Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence. Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds. Gentle God, during this season of fasting and feasting, gift us with your presence, so we can be a gift to others in carrying out your work. Amen.
– Attributed to William Arthur Ward