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What are the norms for Eucharistic Fasting?

Canon 919 of the "Code of Canon Law" states, "One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion."

The rule has two exceptions:
  • ​First, if a priest celebrates more than one Mass on the same day, as oftentimes happens on Sunday, he is only bound to the one-hour fast before the first Mass. 
  • Second, those who are elderly (at least 60 years of age) or sick as well as their caretakers can receive Communion even if a full hour fast has not been fulfilled.

What are the norms for Lenten fast and abstinence? 

During the Lenten season, Ash Wednesday, and all fridays upto Good Friday are obligatory days of abstinence.  For more information, please visit the USCCB website on Fast & Abstinence​


What are the Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles​?

​For Holy Days of obligation please see our 2016-2017 Liturgical calendar.pdf2016-2017 Liturgical calendar.pdf​​​​. ​Please note that all Sundays are holy days of obligation. Otherwise, it is not a holy day of obligation unless stated. 



How to determine Easter Sunday?

Easter is the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on orafter March 21. Easter thus always falls between March 22 and April 25.

Now, to find Palm Sunday (the sixth Sunday of Lent) you start with the date of Easter and back up one week: It is the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

To find Ash Wednesday, you start with the date of Easter Sunday, back up six weeks (that gives you the first Sunday of Lent), and then back up four more days: Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent.




​​Is there a timeframe needed to prepare for sacraments of baptism of infants, adult & children, and marriage?​
  • It is recommended that couples wanting to prepare for marriage should present themselves to the local parish at least one year prior to the proposed wedding date. 
  • Parents wishing to celebrate the baptism of an infant should make arrangements 3-6 months in advance of the hoped for date of baptism.  
  • Adults and children of a catechetical age wishing to be baptized, or complete their Initiation (baptism, confirmation and Eucharist) would be prepared for the sacraments of Initiation and brought into the church over time in stages appropriate to their growth in the faith.  Inquiry should be made at the local parish for a fuller explanation of the process.  
  • Adults an​d children of a catechetical age wishing to receive one of the sacraments should inquire at the local parish regarding the formation program offered for this purpose.

Is there a list of Mass times for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles?​ is a helpful site that one can use to find a local parish and their respected mass times. In addition, special Masses can be found here​.



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