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Mardi Gras

Preparing for Lent 2021


Today is a day to celebrate and thank God for the abundance of gifts before us.

As we enjoy this final day before our Lenten journey, let us acknowledge the Giver of All Gifts and thank God for all He has given us. #LACatholicsTrust


Hoy es un día para celebrar y dar gracias a Dios por la abundancia de dones que tenemos ante nosotros.

Al disfrutar de este último día antes de nuestro viaje cuaresmal, reconozcamos al dador de todos los dones y demos gracias a Dios por todo lo que nos ha dado. #CatólicosLAConfían

Lenten Resources

Journey with your LA Catholics family as we make the journey through this Lenten season. Walk with us as we learn to place our trust in Jesus and come to experience his love mercy. // Camina con tu familia de #CatólicosLA mientras hacemos el viaje a través de esta temporada de Cuaresma. Camina con nosotros a medida que aprendemos a poner nuestra confianza en Jesús y experimentamos su misericordia amorosa.

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Mardi Gras Prayer
by Fr. Andy Alexander, SJ

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for it is from your goodness that we have this day to celebrate on the threshold of the Season of Lent.

Tomorrow we will fast and abstain from meat. Today we feast. We thank you especially for one another. As we give you thanks, we are mindful of those who have so much less than we do. As we share these wonderful gifts together, we commit ourselves to greater generosity toward those who need our support.

Prepare us for tomorrow. Tasting the fullness of what we have today, let us experience some hunger tomorrow. May our fasting make us more alert and may it heighten our consciousness so that we might be ready to hear your Word and respond to your call.

As our feasting fills us with gratitude, so may our fasting and abstinence hollow out in us a place for deeper desires and an attentiveness to hear the cry of the poor. May our self-denial turn our hearts to you and give us a new freedom for generous service to others.

We ask you these graces with our hearts full of delight and stirring with readiness for the journey ahead. We ask them with confidence in the name of Jesus the Lord.



Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. What is the difference between the two and why do we engage in these behaviors during Lent? Learn more from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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