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The Paschal Fast: “The Paschal Fast must be kept sacred. It should be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday, and where possible should be prolonged throughout Holy Saturday” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy # 110) Good Friday through Holy Saturday: These days are marked by fasting and by abstinence from meat. Please note that these days are not part of Lent or the Lenten Fast. The Paschal Fast is a fast of anticipation. The observance of this most ancient fast is a solemn way to prepare ourselves for the reception of the Easter Communion.

How do we fast?
The customary fast: This fast allows for only one full meal to be taken during the day. 2 smaller meals are permitted, if necessary, to maintain strength according to one’s needs. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

The fast of the early church: This fast begins upon rising. No meals are taken until the customary work day (5pm) is ended. A glass of juice may be taken in the morning and simple liquids such as water, coffee and tea, during the day. The fast ends with a brief prayer followed by an adequate meal. For many this may work as a more natural way to fast. 

Age guidelines for fasting: Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday and who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. 

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Liturgical Life

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Click on a Ministry below for more information.

Altar Servers

Boys and girls 4th grade and older are trained and then practice with older
servers as to the duties of altar servers. Appropriate dress and neatness is
a must! Adults are also able to be altar servers for special services. Please
contact the liturgical office for information.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are practicing Catholic
parishioners who assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at
parish liturgies. After formation the person will be appointed to serve as an
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Please contact the liturgical
office if interested.

Extraordinary Ministers of Care to the sick, homebound, nursing homes and hospitals
This ministry visits and brings Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable
to celebrate the liturgy with us because of illness or infirmity. Please contact
the liturgical office for further information. Training is offered.

Greeters
Greeters are Ministers of Welcome who acknowledge all parishioners and
visitors at all Masses, holidays, special liturgies, and funerals. Greeters need
to arrive 20-25 minutes before their scheduled service begins. It is an
excellent way for families to participate together. For further information
contact the liturgical office.

Lectors
Lectors are parishioners who proclaim the Word of God at parish liturgies.
They are trained in effective public reading and emphasizing the meaning of
the text. A workbook is supplied giving the meaning of the text and
pronunciations. Lectors are scheduled in advance so they have time to
prepare. Please contact the liturgical office if you are interested in becoming
involved.

Music Ministry
This ministry is for people who are interested in cantoring, singing, or playing
an instrument with the choir. No auditions are necessary. Please contact the
liturgical office for more information.

Sacristans
The people in this group are in charge of making sure that the linens for the
altar are changed and cleaned as needed. Please contact the liturgical
office if you are interested in becoming a sacristan.

Ushers
Ushers assist in seating, collections, communion procession, distributing
bulletins, and helping in any emergency. All men and women are welcome to
offer their services at any Mass they attend by simply talking to an usher on
hand.

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