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In darkish occasions, add some glitter to Ash Wednesday: Pastor's View

In darkish occasions, add some glitter to Ash Wednesday: Pastor's View

Masse's Seafood Restaurant will be reeling in the business this Ash Wednesday.

Goff told Western Mass News that they still have reservations for Wednesday night.

In the Diocese of San Jose, which has a large Asian-American community, Bishop Patrick McGrath granted a dispensation for this Friday, allowing the faithful who are celebrating the Lunar New Year to consume meat. The Catholic Church and a few other Christian denominations observe the occasion in fasting, abstinence, and prayer.

"Valentine's Day can appropriately be celebrated on another day, such as Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which happens to be Mardi Gras, a time of celebration prior to the Lenten journey".

"The food we do not eat or the meat we abstain from must be given to those who practically fast everyday due to extreme poverty, enduring inhuman hunger". When April Fool's Day fell on Good Friday one year, he discussed the history of the "holy fools", which included a saint who ran through the streets naked with a string of sausages around his neck during Lent.

- Lent is a period of self-reflection.

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The Rev. Rebecca A. Barnes, priest in charge at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton, said she delivered much the same message to her parishioners in reminding them Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting.

For some, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting - which doesn't really jive with the lavish dinner dates and chocolates associated with Valentine's Day.

A full schedule of Ash Wednesday services at the Cathedral can be found on the cathedral's website. With the ashes cover on forehead we admit that we are not God and made from dust.

However, this year, coinciding with the beginning of Lent is Valentine's Day, traditionally a day of excess, when gifts of flowers and candy are lavished upon those special people in our lives. That means it is observed for 40 days in the run-up to Easter, and is time when people fast.

For the second consecutive year, archdiocesan leaders are encouraging Catholics to go without their cellphones on Fridays this Lent.

While the church will also have have an Ash Wednesday service, Peich said the point of Ash and Dash is not to get away from tradition, but rather to make it more accessible to people that want to participate.


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