Regulations on Fasting and Abstinence
In the Diocese of St. Petersburg
The dual disciplines of fasting and abstinence have a long history in the Catholic Church. Going back to the early Church, the purpose behind the custom of self denial is not punishment; it is to simplify our lifestyles so that we create a certain emptiness. In this way, freed from all distractions, we are able to hear and respond to God’s continued call to conversion and holiness.
Note: If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, they are urged to practice other forms of self denial that are suitable to their condition.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.
Are you a Catholic adult who for some reason were never confirmed?
Did you somehow miss out on Confirmation when you were growing up?
Bishop Lynch is scheduled to celebrate Confirmation at the 7:00 PM Mass on
Sunday, April 26, 2015. There is still time for the preparation needed
to receive this sacrament, but please contact Father Mike as soon as
possible to schedule a meeting with him. The best way is by e-mail
(email@example.com) but you can also call the Office at 813
As of January 13, 2015, the diocese has received $88,565.00 in pledges and/or donations toward the Catholic Student Center's goal of $116,714.00! Thanks to all who have made a pledge!
Are you a Knight of Columbus? Would you like to join the Knights? Have you ever thought about advancing to the Fourth Degree?
This past year, the local Assembly (3026) of the Fourth Degree has found a new home at the Catholic Student Center. They meet the second Monday of the month starting with a simple meal at 7:00 p.m. along with a guest speaker before the official assembly meeting begins.
The Third Degree Council (7644) meets at Corpus Christi Church on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Spanish Classroom of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
If you are at least an 18 year old Catholic man in good standing with the Church, you are invited to join the Knights of Columbus!