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


Among several Spanish speaking countries and Hispanics in the United States, there is the custom of celebrating the passage from childhood to adolescence with a ritual that expresses thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and that asks for a blessing from God for the years ahead.”

P 12 Order of Blessing on the Fifteenth Birthday

It is not imperative that this special religious blessing and thanksgiving be received by every 15-year-old girl. However, everyone with the right dispositions and intention may request through the priest or deacon a blessing for various needs and anniversary celebrations (inc. birthday, marriage, etc).

Our Lady of Grace’s policy for Quinceañera is:

  • Quinceañera candidate and her family are practicing Catholics (Sunday and Holy Day participation at Mass and Stewardship).
  • Candidate is of good reputation.
  • Candidate has received the sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation.
  • Candidate is currently attending religious education and has done so for the prior two years at the parish.

Quinceañera blessing takes place at Sunday Vigil Mass or Sunday Mass:

  • The Quinceañera will be presented to the parish community at the beginning of Mass.
  • The Quinceañera will bring up the gifts with parents.
  • The Quinceañera will pray aloud the prayer of thanksgiving to God, which is found in the Order of Blessing. Parents and godparents may stand with the Quinceañera.
  • Flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary may be presented before the final blessing.
  • The Quinceañera may be presented with already blessed religious articles (Bible, rosary, religious medal and necklace, prayer-book, etc).
  • It is expected that the Quinceañera receive Holy Communion at this Mass. Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation may be necessary beforehand. Parents, godparents and sponsors who are able to receive Holy Communion are encouraged to do so. If there is a need of receiving the sacrament of Confession, that should be done at an earlier time.
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