Season of Lent

St. Jerome invites you to attend our Lenten Soup Suppers on Fridays at 6:00 pm in Rohan Hall. Please RSVP to the church office by Thursday of the week you are planning to attend. You may leave a voice mail at 510-525-0876 ext. 10.

You may also join us for the Way of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 pm during Lent.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. Like Good Friday, it is a day of fasting and abstinence from meats. (I don’t think the bishop will be issuing a dispensation for candies and flowers.)

  • A Penitential Season: Choosing to do good and avoid evil is the best formula for a successful Lent. “Giving up something for Lent” may end up like many New Year’s resolutions. Maybe a vegan diet, a purposeful charity like the “Rice Bowl”, or some other charity “will cover a multitude of sins”.
  • Fasting: One full meal, and two small “collations”, for the day: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Abstinence: No beef, poultry or pork. Fish, seafoods and other sources of protein (like dairy or soy products) are permitted. This applies to Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.
  • Common Sense Limits: Fasting and abstinence have their limits. All Catholic in good health, between the ages of 14 and 59, are asked to observe fasting as described above. Abstinence from meats is to be observed by all Catholics in good health, above the age of 14. It is important to remember that certain health issues may exclude people from these traditional Lenten observances. PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE FOR YOU, AND YOUR CHILDREN AND THE ELDERS UNDER YOUR CARE. THANK YOU.