Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent for the Roman Catholic Church.
According to the Cure of Ars Roman Catholic Church bulletin, there are no obligations to fast during the weekdays of lent, however, voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended.
On Fridays during lent, all Roman Catholics older than 14 are bound to abstain from meat, as is the case on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. There is also a limit of one full meal on these days for those between age 18-59, the bulletin said.
Ashes will be distributed in churches throughout Bellmore-Merrick. Below is a list of the places and times in which you can receive:
From St. Barnabas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church: The Eucharist will be celebrated at the 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., Noon and 8 p.m. masses. Ashes will be distributed after the homily at each of these celebrations. Ashes will also be distributed at Services of the Word at 4:15 p.m. in both the Church and the Holy Family Chapel, and at 6 p.m. in the Church.