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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Pastoral Council

   The Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Grace Parish is established to represent and guide our entire parish community. The representatives work in conjunction with the Pastor and Pastoral staff to exercise our Catholic faith and principles while setting goals and priorities to meet the parish needs. With openness and patient listening, through the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, we hope to unify our parish community for the glory of God.

     Each organization is represented by at least one person on the council, and meetings are held before each monthly council meeting. Group discussions and minutes from their meetings are presented to the council at the monthly meeting. These are held on the third Wednesday of each month. You are chosen to the council by a drawing of lots after your nomination has been approved by the pastor.

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