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Valentine’s Day

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What’s a romantic Catholic to do? This year Ash Wednesday falls on St Valentine’s Day – the first time since 1945!

Traditionally celebrated with a filet mignon, a nice bottle of wine, and, of course, chocolate-dipped strawberries, this year falling on the first day of Lent – a season of reflection and abstinence – it could potentially pose problems for those going on a first date.

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However with a little creativity and thought the day could be more special than ever!

Here are some tips on celebrating the perfect day.

Loved-up breakfast

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday so why not kick start your Valentine’s Day festivities with a special breakfast and serve up heart-shaped pancakes. Easy to make but full of significance,  it’s the perfect way to start the day of love.

Go to Ash Wednesday Mass together

Let’s face it.  The collision of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday is only a downer on romance if your idea of perfect love is found in Hollywood films.  Lent is the time of year when we remember that Jesus gave us an example of love that involved laying down His life for His beloved.  Praying together for the grace to be able to imitate Christ’s love is a one of the most romantic Valentine’s dates you could have.

Take a walk and watch the sunset

Take advantage of daylight saving and the glorious summer weather to do one of Sydney’s many great walks with your loved one.  Whether it’s the Bondi to Bronte walk, the Bay Walk or even a stroll around the harbour,  Sydney has many beautiful sites which could make for the perfect Valentine’s Day stroll.

Have a phone-free night

Maybe you’re not going to give up Facebook for Lent (even though it’s quite a popular Lenten ‘fast’ these days)!  But maybe give up social media – and your phone – for the whole night.  Turn your phone off and give your date your undivided attention.

Specially for singles

For those who don’t have a significant other, why not hand deliver written notes to everyone in your family telling them why you love them. Outline why they are so special and you are fortunate to have them in your life.

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