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This page will be updated as I finish writing the program out.

Practices marked with a star (🌟) are relaxes on Sundays, Solemnities, and Thanksgiving.

For more information on the reasoning behind these practices, please see the Practices Explained page.

Throughout the entirety of the program

  • Those struggling with habitual mortal sin should go to confession weekly. Try to pick the same day every week. Others should go at least monthly.
  • Try to go to daily Mass at least once or twice a week. (Clergy should be saying Mass every day!)
  • Try to exercise regularly. For some, this means daily; for others, 3 times a week.

Beginning November 15

  • 🌟 Abstain from meat (e.g., beef, pork, poultry)
  • 🌟 Abstain from wine and liquor. Beer is permitted, but moderation is required!
  • Abstain from technology use in the presence of others. Practice intentional attentiveness.

Beginning November 22

  • 🌟 Abstain from dairy. This includes eggs, milk, cheese, etc. Replacements such as oat/soy/almond β€œmilk” are not included. (Not in 2020. This year has enough to struggle with just by itself…)
  • Abstain from social media except when needed for work. Use app timers to help.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Practices marked with a star (🌟) are lifted. Social media and technology may be used to keep in touch with family and friends.
  • Do your best to go to Mass.

Immaculate Conception (December 8)

  • Practices marked with a star (🌟) are lifted. Social media and technology may be used to keep in touch with family and friends.
  • This is a Holy Day of Obligation, so go to Mass. (Unless COVID has suspended the obligation. Then at least watch it.)

That is really the basics of the program. Beyond that, there are a few other things; however, Advent shouldn’t be as penitential as Lent, so we won’t make it that way.