Friday Prayer & Penance

Every Friday during the fall and spring semesters we offer weekday Mass in our chapel at 12:15 pm. (Limited seating, social distancing and face masks required due to COVID-19 protocols in place). After Mass, we will be praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intentions of the students, staff and faculty of WCU. Then we invite students to grab a to-go meal from campus and bring their lunch back to CCM to spend some time in fellowship together.

Students are also invited to give some time in service to CCM doing light outdoor yard work or indoor cleaning to help us keep our ministry center beautiful and inviting.

Did you know?

Every Friday during the year is a day of penance — not just during Lent!

According to Canon Law, “the penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent” (Can. 1250).

Can. 1251 says that abstinence from meat is the normal means of observing penance on Fridays, but Can. 1253 says that conferences of bishops may decide to “substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.”

The Catholic bishops of the United States have declared in their Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence that “Friday itself remains a special day of penitential observance throughout the year” (para. 22), and that every Friday should be a day of “self-denial and mortification” (para. 23). While they lift the requirement to abstain from meat on Fridays (outside of Lent), the bishops commend the practice while also encouraging the faithful to engage in other forms of penance, such as prayer and works of mercy.

We hope that by providing the opportunity to attend a weekday Mass on Friday, as well as contribute time in service to our campus ministry community and join in intercessory prayer, we are helping you to practice Friday penance in a way that draws you closer to Christ.