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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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Marriage

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church welcomes couples wishing to marry at (or those seeking validation). Couples are encouraged to begin the process at least six months prior to the desired wedding date. Guidelines follow.

  1. Meet with our Pastor to discuss wedding plans.
  2. Meet with Marriage Preparation Coordinator to administer FOCUS (a survey to help pinpoint strengths and compatibility of the couple).
  3. Attend a Marriage Preparation weekend offered either through the Diocese of Gary Central Program or at Our Lady of Grace. The Marriage Preparation weekends are offered three times a year.
  4. Meet with the Liturgy and Music Director during OLG Marriage Preparation weekend to discuss liturgy and music selections for your wedding.
  5. Meet with the Pastor after the Marriage Preparation weekend to discuss the results of FOCUS.
  6. Witnesses are to meet with the Pastor to sign affidavits.
  7. Set up rehearsal date.

Call the Parish Office, 219.838.0395, to schedule appointment.

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