Happy Valentine's Ash Wednesday!

Oscar Cross
February 14, 2018

"You'll find with most bishops around the country that for Catholics who practice their faith there is an understanding that the beginning of Lent. would trump a Hallmark holiday", Bosak said. "So we want to meet people where they feel comfortable, and if that's in their auto along Manchester Road, then we're happy to connect and meet with them there". Several Catholic schools in Wichita followed this model, celebrating Valentine's Day early.

For the first time since 1945 it falls on the same day as Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and a day when Catholics fast and abstain from meat - requirements which could leave their romantic plans in jeopardy. For Christians within this period prayer, fasting and alms giving obligation are performed.

"We're very much into the senses - all five senses are involved in our services", he said.

"Just because it's Ash Wednesday doesn't mean you can't go out and celebrate love", said the Rev. Tom Warne of Church of the Good Shepherd.

"Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics".

Oubre has been coordinator for one month so this is his first time setting up the Ash Wednesday event at this college.

"This Ash Wednesday is very important into your lives, you also know what's the country is now going through, this calls for even more prayers and asking God's intervention", he noted.

- Lent is a period of self-reflection.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Lent is, above all else, to prepare men for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, the better the preparation, the more effective the celebration will be.

You did not have to be a member of the Episcopal church to receive the ashes, which are created by burning the palms from the previous year in the religious calendar. During Lent, Catholics abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on every Friday.

During Lent, many people decide to give something up that they love - perhaps chocolate or biscuits.

"We have to reflect on life and think deeply about our relationship with Jesus, where we've been, and where we're going", said Father John Girotti of the Diocese of Green Bay. That is why there is an emphasis on fish fry dinners this time of year.

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