Bishop Richard Malone: Consider this… Required Fasting on Ash Wednesday 2018Daybreak TV Productions
Published on Feb 9, 2018SUBSCRIBE 829 In 2018, Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s day fall on the same day. Bishop Richard J. Malone offers Catholics, who are required to fast, creative solutions – “Consider this…” buffalodiocese.org
Office of the Bishop
Dear Diocesan Family,
As you are likely aware, St. Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. This is the first time these two occasions have overlapped since 1945. As a result, some people have inquired as to whether a dispensation from the Ash Wednesday fast and abstinence will be granted.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, which is a solemn time of prayer and penance for the Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only two days of the year on which fasting and abstinence are required. Due to the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of all Catholics – and even many of our non-Catholic brothers and sisters – a dispensation will not be granted.