Our Lady of Victory Church
4919 South Catherine Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
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LENTEN REGULATIONS 2017
March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning
of the Season of Lent.
All Catholics who have reached their 14th
birthday are bound to abstain
totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, Fridays of Lent,
& Good Friday.
In accord with
Diocesan custom, Bishop LaValley will grant a dispensation from abstinence
from meat to those who observe the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on
Friday, March 17th.
It is asked that another penitential act take its place during the Lenten
All Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are bound also to observe
the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday (March 1) and Good
Friday (April 14). Fasting, that is, eating less, involves limiting
oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Lighter
nourishment may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.
PRAYER & PENANCE
Parishes are highly encouraged to offer periods of
Eucharistic Adoration during the Lenten Season, as well as, the traditional
devotions of the Stations of the Cross and the recitation of the Rosary.
The entire season of Lent should be observed in a spirit of prayer and
penance. Spending extra time in prayer or Bible study, attending daily Mass,
voluntary sacrifice and self-denial, combined with works of charity and
service to others, are all excellent ways to obey the Lord's command to
reform our lives and to prepare for the joyful celebration of Easter.
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Bishop LaValley encourages parishes throughout the Diocese to dedicate
the First Friday of April (April 7)
Eucharistic Adoration and
Sacrament of Penance as
part of "The Light is on for You" initiative. Parishes might
want also to adopt the model of dedicating one Lenten evening each week to
provide an additional opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance.
All Catholics who have reached the age of reason must confess their serious
sins in the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year. They must also
receive Holy Communion at least once each year between the First Sunday of
Lent (March 5th)
and Trinity Sunday (June 11th).
Although other seasons are more suitable, the celebration of marriage and
the Nuptial Mass are not forbidden during Lent, according to The Code of
Canon Law. When liturgical rules permit, the Ritual Mass for the
Celebration of Marriage may be used and the nuptial blessing may be given.
However, you should advise the spouses and their guests to exercise proper
restraint in accord with the penitential character of Lent.
All Christ’s faithful are obliged by divine law to do penance. The days set
aside for fast and abstinence in Lent are special ways of doing penance and
are an expression of unity for all the Church.
A reminder that this year’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated on
Thursday, April 6th
at 11:00 am
at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. Details pertaining to this event will
FUNERALS DURING THE SACRED TRIDUUM
On Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, Funeral Masses may not be
celebrated. However, a Funeral Service consisting of the Liturgy of the Word
and the Final Commendation may be held in Church.