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placeholder DeSousa House: a new faith formation and activity center

New parish complex at Holy Spirit in Fremont includes theater

New event center at St. Theresa Parish in Oakland includes gym, stage, meeting rooms

Former Oakland cathedral site yields $5.25 million

Seton Award for contributions to Catholic schools

Catholic legislators must protect life, pope tells Speaker Pelosi

Black nun recalls her role in Selma protest

Traditionalist bishop says reconciliation with Vatican may be difficult, take time

Combating world hunger during Lent

Lenten regulations

Restorative justice – a new model for stemming violence

placeholder February 23, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
CNS photo/Bob Roller

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, marks the beginning of Lent. The following regulations regarding fasting and abstinence are observed in the United States:

• Catholics, ages 14 and over, are to abstain from meat on Ash Wed-nesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.

• Individuals between 18 and 59 are also obliged to fast — eat only one full meal — on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Eating two smaller meals is permitted if necessary to maintain strength, but eating between meals is not.

• These obligations, however, do not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be seriously affected.

• Catholics are also encouraged to do penance in other ways, such as prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving, and through works of kindness and compassion.

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