Skip to comments.Area Catholics can fast on Saturday
Posted on 02/11/2005 10:08:54 PM PST by Land of the Irish
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony is allowing Catholics who want to celebrate Chinese New Year today to observe Ash Wednesday on Saturday.
Both holidays occur today.
"I hereby commute the obligation to observe fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday," Mahony said in a statement released recently.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a 40-day period that ends with Easter Sunday. Catholics are expected to fast on Ash Wednesday and to refrain from eating meat every Friday until Easter.
Mahony's office estimates there are 1.8 million Asian-American Catholics in the Archdiocese, which includes Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Mary Kay Yu of Camarillo, a Catholic whose husband, George, is chairman of the Ventura County Chinese-American Historical Society, said she couldn't remember another year in which the holidays fell on the same day.
"This year really presented a conflict," Yu said Tuesday.
She said Mahony's decision didn't help her or her family because they already intended to celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday.
She said she planned to observe Ash Wednesday today.
Perhaps Mahoney's mitre should be replaced by a beanie sporting a propeller on the top!
Cardinal Raj has a penchant for Chinese New Year, doesn't he?
I'm glad he has his priorities straight. Yes indeed.
Now where did I put that pic of the Chinese Red Dragon dancing in his Temple of Doom?
So now the novus church has given us both Ascension Sunday and Ash Saturday.
Holy Week. Fasten your seatbelt.
From the Catholic Church of Hong Kong:
L-L-L-Lunar New Year Liturgy? (excuse my stuttering) What the hell is THAT?!!
If the Catholic Chinese are that conflicted over the two "holidays" why wouldn't the just observe both of them? It wouldn't hurt them to fast twice.
Why would they fast on New Years anyway? It seems to me that these are two different kinds of days, each with it's own protocol. If I were Chinese I wonder how I ould go about reflecting on the Sacrifice of Jesus and my own involvement in that Sacrifice while I was out having fun blowing off fireworks.
Even the Catholic Church of Hong Kong doesn't do what Mahoney has done. New Year celebrations yes, but it is held outside Sunday service hours.
(book marked A004 on the page)
Welcome to our world.
Since you're not Chinese, you don't have to worry about it, do you?
A picture which will live in infamy, imo.
Yes the connections between serpents and Mahoney is even displayed in full on his Cathedral.
Mahony has a serpent traced in the cement walkway through the children's garden.
Oh my gosh! -my 14 year old daughter said when she saw this abomination.
If anyone has any doubts whether the infamous dragon (draco) has taken over the sanctuary at Mahony Square Garden, let them cease now. The Taj Mahony has been exposed (again). Saint Benedict said, "Let not the dragon be my guide" (Non draco sit mihi dux). I wonder what Mahony's revision of that motto would be? Provided, of course, that he were honest - wait - we shouldn't presume to expect too much from him.
Anyone who expects this garbage to stop, hey, give it up. It's only going to get worse, and worse, and worse, until God makes it stop; and that won't be a pretty sight. You should STOP putting any money in the collection basket at your local Novus Ordo parish, because you are funding not only draco messes but perversion of all kinds.
No, Catholics are expected to abstain from eating meat on every Friday of the year, not just the Fridays during Lent.
Can. 1250 The days and times of penance for the universal Church are each Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
I clicked the link you provided... I saw images of what appeared to be books, but alongside those images was just a bunch of gobbledigook. After a moment, I surmised your subtle intent... Lunar New Year Liturgy = Gobbledigook!
Thank you, sir.
It's in Chinese, sorry (there is no English version available) . The book with code A004 is the one titled "Lunar New Year Liturgy" in Chinese.
How about a good old fashioned clown mass?
There. Fixed it for you.
Not so fast there.
"Ascension Sunday" is quite common in the novus church, courtesy of the USCCB.
Regarding the Ascension of the Lord, the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, and the State of Nebraska have retained its celebration on the proper Thursday, while all other provinces have transferred this solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 8.
Wow. The last time I saw one of those things, it was at the end of St. Michael's spear!
(Catching up on some long overdue FR lurking...)
Man I haven't seen you in a month of Sundays, I thought you were gone for good.
Very nice to have you back. We need you here and on AQ.