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. 

Read more: LENT


Marriage Preparation is required  at least 6 months before the desired wedding date.  Preparation includes attending several classes with the adult ADLAmp
coordinator.  Couples must also attend a Marriage Preparation Weekend.

Dates for 2018 are:  February 10-11June 23-24 and October 13-14. Weekend hours are: Saturday, 4:30-9:30 p.m AND Sunday11:00 a.m.Liturgy.  Marriage Prep Weekend must be completed at least 2 months before the wedding date!

Cost for the weekend is $100.00 per couple payable before the weekend.  Weekends are held at Our Lady of Grace Parish. 
Please contact Jon and Sharon VanBodegraven at 219-923-7719.
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