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Ash Wednesday is the start of the penitential season. It's a time of prayer and penance and a great sense of coming back to the lord.
Monsignor, Richard O'Keeffe from Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish says, "We are living with the lord we walk each day with the lord and when he died for us we have that significance of your dust to enter dust you all shall return."
We have the material things and we have the spirtual things and Monsignor Richard O'Keeffe says one of the spiritual things is fasting.
Monsignor Richard O'Keeffe adds, "Some people give up alcohol and some people give up watching television and all the rest of it, it all depends on what the person wants to do to have a sense of penance."
Local Yuman, David Camarena says, "Fourty days without eating meat so I guess I won't be eating carne asada or hamburgers. Probably just stick with chicken or cornflakes or something."
Monsignor O'Keeffe says, not eating meat is a church law and a way to get the people to really deny themselves of some of the material things they use on a daily basis.
Mireya Camarena, who attended mass this afternoon says, "Last year I gave up facebook and I didn't go on for fourty days and it was a little hard but I made it. And this year I'm going to give up junk food because it's just not good for you and it's giving up for a good cause."