Ash Wednesday, March 1, and Good Friday, April 14, are days of fast and abstinence. All Catholics who have reached their 18th birthday and are less than 60 years old are bound to observe the fast, by which they are limited to a single full meal during the course of the day. All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday must observe days of abstinence, during which no meat may be eaten. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
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The season described by Pope Francis as "so favorable a time for conversion" is almost upon us! Our Lenten brochure lists the full schedule of Cathedral and parish liturgies, lectures, music and other events from Ash Wednesday, March 1, through Easter Sunday. Click here (en español) to view the brochures, which also are available at the Cathedral entrances.
St. Matthew's Advent and Christmas brochure listing the special liturgies and events marking these holy seasons is available online (English) (en español). As we enter this special time of preparation for the coming of Christ, let us focus on the "intermediate coming" of the Lord spoken of by St. Bernard of Clairvaux - an invisible coming in which Christ becomes our rest and consolation. To read St. Bernard's powerful and inspiring homily on the three comings of the Lord, click here.
Earlier this week, the D.C. City Council passed the so-called Death with Dignity Act (B21-38), which would legalize assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. Mayor Muriel Bowser must now review the legislation and either sign it into law or veto it. Our Catholic faith teaches us that assisted suicide gravely violates the sacred value of all human life.
This bill imperils residents in our communities, particularly those who are sick, elderly, disabled, and uninsured. It allows for coercion and abuse including third-parties administering the lethal drugs to patients who are incapacitated or who may not be aware of a request for assisted suicide. It also undermines the medical profession's healing mission.
There is still time for us to add our voices to the loud call for a veto. The DC Catholic Conference is part of the NoDCSuicide coalition; please consider going to the noDCsuicide.org web site, signing their petition calling for a veto of the bill or calling Mayor Bowser’s office to urge a veto at: (202) 727-2643. Thank you.
Each year we invite experienced singers of the parish to join the Schola Cantorum for our Advent Lessons and Carols and Christmas Eve Choral Prelude and Mass. Find out more about the rehearsal schedule and how to audition.
From November 5 through November 13, registered members of the Parish have an opportunity to choose their representatives on the St. Matthew’s Parish Pastoral Council. You can vote by paper ballot after Sunday Masses, or online. View the slate of candidates (en español). For more information, click here.