By the UPDO-MIS Staff
Posted on February 20, 2015
Catholics at CSU Andrews Campus observed Ash Wednesday on Feb. 18 by joining a Eucharistic Celebration where they had ash placed on their foreheads to indicate their participation in the 40-day season of Lent.
Students, faculty members, administrative personnel and officials gathered at the Andrews Gymnasium to hear mass at 9 a.m. organized by the Office of Student Services and Welfare. The participants attending the mass presided over by Fr. Ferdinand Baculi of the St. Peter’s Metropolitan Cathedral Parish had their foreheads placed with ash to remind them of their origin and destiny and the call for repentance.
Fr. Baculi and lay ministers who served at the mass made the sign of the cross while placing ashes on the foreheads of each and said, “Repent and believe in the Gospel. In its article published on inquirer.net on Feb. 13, 2013, ‘Cebu Daily News’ said the ashes used are made of burnt palms that were blessed during last year’s Palm Sunday and are sprinkled with holy water or oil and smoked with incense.
Quoting Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the paper said all Catholics aged 18 to 60 are obliged to fast or to eat less on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday which is April 3 this year. Under Church law, the paper said, fasting meant eating only one meal and taking two small snacks not equivalent to a meal in a day.
“Fasting has been relaxed in places where there is low food supply and for ailing people. Also today and in all Fridays of Lent, Catholics at least 14 years old are obliged to abstain from eating meat,” the newspaper said. Based on Church practice, the 40-day season of Lent is where Catholics commemorate the passion, death, and resurrection of the Lord.
The season culminates on Holy Week, which starts this year on March 29, Palm Sunday. Easter Sunday is on April 5.