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 a large number of churchgoers on this day.
In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday, the obligation of fast and abstinence must 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.
OLH will have class parties on Tuesday, February 13 except for Kindergarten who will have their party on Friday, February 9. Your child’s teacher will communicate on what snacks are needed and include a class list. If sending valentines, please be sure to send enough for every child in the class.
Please join us on Ash Wednesday, February 14 for mass at 8:15 am. All students should be in uniforms, no dress down passes.
We will celebrate Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent that we are in school. Stations will be at 2:40 pm in the church.