Do Christians Have To Eat Fish On Ash Wednesday?

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Feb 172021

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

So what are the rules for fasting and abstaining from eating meat during Lent?

According to the website catholicism.about.com

Some religions are stricter than others.


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.

Roman Catholics in the United States

Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.

Every person between the age of 18 and 60 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Eastern Catholic Churches

On the days of penance the Christian faithful are obliged to observe fast or abstinence in the manner established by the particular law of their Church.

Is Fish considered meat?

Christians have been eating fish on Fridays for hundreds of years. Fish are cold blooded and therefore considered fair game.

Some choose to go the route of the vegetarians and abstain from the flesh of all living creatures.

You know your faith. You know how seriously you take your religion. But if you are uncertain if it’s okay to stop for a burger this afternoon, it may be best to order the tuna or fish filet instead.



Orange Congregational Church Welcomes You

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Jan 262021

Orange Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, welcomes you to join them for virtual worship on Sunday mornings.

OCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation, which means it welcomes all people into the full life and leadership of the church regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or family type.  No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

You can worship with the OCC community on YouTube at Orange Congregational Church, UCC.

The Church also offers virtual coffee hour, church school, Bible study, book club, and an anti-racism ministry. Occasionally, there are other special interest groups for art, music, and other topics.

Please e-mail the church at occhurch@snet.net for Zoom links or to be put on the church e-mailing list.

A virtual Ash Wednesday service will take place on February 17, 2021.

For more information about the UCC, visit the website at orangecongregationalchurch.org

Tuesdays In February Are Exciting At The Church Of The Good Shepherd

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Feb 032018

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. prepares for Lent with First Tuesday on February 6 and Blessing Bags

First Tuesdays at Good Shepherd are family-friendly evenings of community-building, service projects, and prayer. We start at 6:45, and end at 8 p.m. Folks of all ages (kids in pjs even!) are welcome to come to the parish hall for fun and fellowship.

In February our get-together falls in the week before the beginning of Lent. Our topic for discussion will be Lent and why we give things up or take things on as a practice in this penitential season of the Church. Are we meant to feel sad or guilty during lent? Or are we meant to intentionally engage how we are living our lives,
contemplate whether we are satisfied with it, and discern where and how we might want to make changes. Lent ends not with the great pain of Good Friday but with the great joy of Easter morning. How do we get there?

Our service project will be putting together “blessing bags” for the homeless. These Zip-Lok bags will hold a variety of single serving food items, personal hygiene products, warm clothing, and prayer cards and bibles. During our time together on the 6th we’ll be making prayer cards to go in the packs, and packing the bags for next-day distribution.

Donations of the items requested must be at the church no later than 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th. The First Tuesday crew is looking for donations of Socks, Handwarmers, Scarves, Hats, Gloves, Beef Jerky; Breakfast and granola bars, Squeezables (apple sauce), Packaged peanut butter or cheese crackers, Toothpaste,
Toothbrushes, Hotel-size Shampoos, Lotions, and Soaps, Sanitary wipes and hand sanitizers, Small bibles. All are welcome.

A full schedule of services and events are planned for the Lenten Season which begins in February. We start with our traditional SHROVE Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please join us for delicious pancakes served by the parish youth.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will offer Ashes-On- The-Go on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at two times this year: 12 Noon to 1 p.m, and 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Drive up to the front doors of the church to receive ashes and pray a short prayer, then be on your way to work or home. At 7 p.m. there will be a regular Ash Wednesday service at the church with Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to receive ashes at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Please join us for the first CGS Family Bowl event at the Amity Family Bowling Center, 30 Seldon Street, Woodbridge, CT from 4 to 6 P.M. on Sunday, February 11. This fun event for all is open to all ages from 5 through 105 years old, no Bowling experience is necessary. Bring yourself, family and friends and come
out have some fellowship and fun. The cost is $10/ person which gets you a bowling ball, shoes, soda, and popcorn. Monies will be collected at the door. Please contact the office at 203-795- 6577 or e-mail thegoodshepherd@optonline.net by February 8.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music
at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. Children’s Christian Faith For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office at (203) 795-6577, email us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Services At The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Mar 052014

Good ShepherdChurch of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road announces upcoming services 

Weekly Services


7:45 a.m.        Traditional Eucharist – no music

9:00 a.m.       Church Alive, Eucharist with the worship band

10:30a.m.       Choral Eucharist


7:00 p.m.         Midweek Contemplative Eucharist with Discussion and Healing Prayer

March 5th – Ash Wednesday Services

12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist and imposition of Ashes

Ashes to Go at Westfield Shopping Mall 4- 6 p.m. in the parking lot (no specific location given)

7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes with prayer.

Join Us…..

Sunday Evening, Yoga Body Prayer 7:00 p.m.  Using the Vinyasa Yoga Method and taught by certified Yoga Instructor MaryAnn Haverstock, begin your week with Yoga and centering prayer and meditation.  This class is for all levels of yoga practice and experience.  Bring a yoga mat or towel, water and wear comfortable clothes.  Free will offering

New Bible Study, Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (starts March 12th) Join us as we learn about some of the women of the Bible.  No prior bible study knowledge required.  Bring your Bibles.

Please call the office to register.  203.795.6577.

You Can Get Your Ashes “To Go” This Wednesday

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Mar 022014

ashesThis Wednesday, March 5, marks Ash Wednesday — for Christians, the beginning of the Season of Lent.

It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is taking the ashes to the people with “Ashes to Go” in front of Dunkin Donuts, 297 Boston Post Road (the one near the Smartliving Center) from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

In Case You Didn’t Know (Excerpts from the Catholic.org website)

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy AshesWater and are scented by exposure to incense.

Why we receive the ashes

Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told

“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. (For full history, click HERE).