During Lent, Catholics are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent, and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence simply means “abstaining from meat.” The flesh of mammals and birds (essentially any animal that is warm blooded) is considered meat. The flesh of reptiles, insects, fish (cold blooded), bird eggs and cheese are not considered meat. Anyone fourteen years of age or older who will not be physically harmed by the diet is asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent.
We define fasting for Lenten purposes as meaning eating only one regular meal and two smaller meals or snacks, with no eating between meals. Fasting only applies on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and then only to those between the ages of 18 and 59 who have no medical problem aggravated by the practice.
Please note there is no children’s Mass on Wednesday, February 10th. The Mass times for Ash Wednesday are 7:30am and 7:00pm at Sacred Heart.
Devotional Services during Lent
At St. Ann, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on the Fridays of Lent (except for Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m. At Sacred Heart, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
The lay presider’s group of Sacred Heart will have Stations of the Cross without a priest or deacon and therefore without Benediction on Friday evenings at Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m.
If you have filled out your pledge card and returned it, thank you. If you are still considering, please remember that there is no gift too small and no gift is insignificant. As of the printing of this bulletin, we have four pledges totaling $1,190. I will report the new totals each week as the pledges are received and processed by the Archdiocese.
Statement of Donations for Tax Purposes
If you require a statement of donations through your parish envelope for Schedule A or another purpose, and you have not yet received one, please contact the parish business office of your respective parish.
Admissions to the Hospital
Please remember that the hospitals are not permitted under the Federal HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) to tell me that you are in the hospital. Please always feel free to leave a non-emergency message on my telephone (513) 858-4210 (ext: 3014) and I will do my best to visit if I can. I do not recommend calling the pager directly as sometimes these messages do not record. I recommend choosing the 858-4210 and choosing option TWO (my emergency voice mail) or option Three for a non-emergency message. If you leave a message on the emergency voice mail, my pager should alert me.
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