Archdiocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life Day with Cardinal Cupich. Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Our Lady Mother of the Church Parish (8747 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656). Mass is at 5 p.m. with Cardinal Cupich as the principal celebrant and presider. The theme of the day is “The Mission of Reconciliation in the Lives and Ministries of Consecrated Religious” with presenters Father David Kelly, Executive Director of the Precious Blood, Ministry of Reconciliation and Ryan Lents, Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity and CRS Diocesan Director.
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Meet with a sister on Skype or by phone to reflect and ask questions about discerning religious life. Walk through tools and materials with a retreat director and pray with us. We’re here to meet you where you are, on your time. Open to single Catholic women ages 18-40. For more information, contact Sister Virginia Ann Brooks, D.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-963-7559. Register online at called2.be/Lent18
This year, the largely secular celebration of Valentine’s Day (February 14) coincides with Ash Wednesday and some have inquired if a dispensation from the obligations to fast and abstain from meat will be given.
Catholics throughout the world recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayerful reflection and penance, as is evident by the large number of church goers on this day.
In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday the obligation of fast and abstinence must naturally be the priority in the Catholic community. Valentine’s Day can appropriately be celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which also happens to be Mardi Gras, a traditionally festive time before beginning our Lenten observance.