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Lenten Regulations Encourage Conversion of Heart, Spritual Rebirth

Each year the Lord Jesus calls the entire Church to a special season of penance and renewal. As we begin this holy time of Lent, we should reflect on our need for conversion of heart, prayer, charitable works and penance.

The season of Lent extends this year from Ash Wednesday, March 5, to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 17, inclusive.

1. Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.

2. Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

3. On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is allowed. The other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but altogether they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the obligation of the law is modified. Because Lent is a special season for all Christians, we should not lightly excuse ourselves from these penitential practices.
4. To completely disregard the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.

HOLY SATURDAY: THE EASTER VIGIL
The first Mass of Easter, the Easter Vigil, falls between nightfall of Holy Saturday, April 19 and daybreak of Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. On Saturday evening, April 19, the sun will set in our diocese at 7:40 p.m. The end of civil twilight (nightfall) will occur at 8:08 p.m. It is suggested that the Easter Vigil celebration not begin before 8:00 p.m.
According to a most ancient tradition, this night is one of vigil for the Lord, and the Vigil celebrated during it, to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead, is regarded as the mother of all holy vigils. For in that night, the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the sacraments of Christian initiation.

— Paschale Solemnitatis, no. 77
(quoting Exodus 12:42; St. Augustine, Sermon 219; and the Ceremonial of Bishops)
The entire celebration of this vigil should take place at night, that is, it should either begin after nightfall or end before the dawn of Sunday.

All of the information in this memo is available on the Office of Worship website.
For information about drop off sites and times to donate food throughout the diocese, and a list of needed canned and dried foods, please see the lists below:

Canned Meats/Fish: Canned Meats, Canned Chicken, Canned Beef Stews, Canned Ravioli, Spaghetti/Meatballs, Canned Chicken and Dumplings, Canned Soups and Chili, Canned Tuna, Salmon and Sardine;, Canned Fruits and Vegetables: Canned Fruit and Applesauce, Canned Peas, Canned Corn, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Green Beans, Canned Beets, Canned Carrots, Canned Pork and Beans, Canned Whole White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes; Dry Package Items: Instant Mashed Potatoes, Pancake Mix (complete), Bisquick/Baking Mix, Breakfast Cereals, Cornbread Mix, Dried Beans (Navy, Pinto, etc.), Rice, Macaroni,, Noodles/Pasta of any type, Spaghetti, Macaroni and Cheese, Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Graham Crackers, Saltine Crackers, Milk (powdered or canned); Staples: Sugar, Flour, Coffee (ground and instant).

During Lent anyone can bring food to the following drop-off sites in the diocese.
Office of Education
Catholic Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue
Belleville, Illinois 62221
235-9601, Ext. 1142
Monday-Thursday,8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

Chancery Office
222 South Third Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
277-8181, Ext. 1021
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

St. Joseph Rectory
506 West Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812
438-9941

St. Teresa Rectory
c/o Mr. Bernard Lengerman
1201 Lebanon Avenue
Belleville, Illinois 62221
233-3500

St. Luke Rectory
301 North Church Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
236-1124

Cathedral of St. Peter
c/o St. Vincent de Paul Society
200 West Harrison Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
234-1166

Daystar Community Program
909 Washington Avenue
Cairo, Illinois 62914 (Store)
734-0178

Holy Childhood of Jesus
104 North Independence St.
Mascoutah, Illinois 62258
566-2958

St. Francis Xavier Church
303 South Poplar Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
457-4556

St. Boniface Church
402 Munster Street
Germantown, Illinois 62245
523-4271

Holy Family Church
116 Church Street
Cahokia, Illinois 62206
337-4548

St. Mary
1550 North 14th Street
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
244-1559

Catholic Urban Programs
#7 Vieuxcarre Drive
East St. Louis, Illinois 62203
398-5616

Our Lady of Lourdes Church
611 West Broadway
Sparta, Illinois 62286
443-2811

St. Joseph Church
901 North Alton
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
537-2575

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