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Why Fast?

  • Fasting opens up our hearts to conversion
  • Fasting gives weight to our prayer intentions
  • Fasting strengthens us in resisting temptations
  • Fasting and prayer promote peace in our hearts and peace with one another
  • Fasting teaches us the difference between “wanting” and “needing”
  • Fasting reminds us of the plight of the poor and for many in the world who are perpetually hungry
  • Fasting and prayer can free us from addictive behavior
  • “Fasting will lead us to a new freedom of heart and mind.” — Fr. Slavko Barbaric O.F.M
  • Fasting invites the Holy Spirit in to heal our hearts, our relationship with God and our relationship with others

With all fasting, we strongly recommend consulting your physician— as everyone’s physical health is unique.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI gives some guiding words about fasting in his 2009 Lenten message. Read it here.

“The Sacred Scriptures and the entire Christian tradition teach that fasting is a great help to avoid sin and all that leads to it.

“Through fasting and praying, we allow Him to come and satisfy the deepest hunger that we experience in the depths of our being: the hunger and thirst for God.”

Prayer Intentions

for our priests

Please pray for all priests in the Arcdiocese of Boston who are receiving new assignments for the next phase of the collaborative model that begins in June. May their current parishioners shower them with love and thanksgiving as they prepare...

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Family

Please pray for my 15-year-old son. He is having teenage rough times. I have fasted as well and need more fasting. He feels Mom is out to get him and that is very painful for his mom to know that...

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Upcoming Events

Sun 25

Lenten Fasting Talk

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 02
Mar 07

Lenten Talk

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Francis Chapel, Prudential Center
800 Boylston St #1001
Boston MA

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The Beginning of Lent – Ash Wednesday

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger,...

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