How to celebrate Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Catholics everywhere are dealing with the dilemma of how to prioritize their love of sweets with their love of Christ.

Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday haven't fallen on the same day since World War II.

Should one be moved to a different day or is it possible to celebrate them equally? Catholic churches and schools around town are dealing with the toss up in different ways.

“I tell the kids there's 365 days a year, so we're asking them to fast as a penance as a way to enter more into this holy season. It's two days a year and today is one of those days,” said Father Jared Johnson, St. Mary's Central High School Chaplain.

Most US bishops have told parishioners to observe Valentine's Day on a different day, which is why Cathedral Elementary parties were held Tuesday.

Fasting usually only involves adults. SMCHS students only had cheese bread at lunch for the beginning of Lent.

“St. Valentine is a fourth century martyr who died for the faith. So I trust that he would understand our fasting as a way to enter more deeply into the season,” said Johnson.

Some Catholics feel the dual days of celebration are significant.

“I think what a nice coincidence that we celebrate Valentine's Day as we begin Ash Wednesday, our journey into new life, to loving Christ, to loving other people and making that our pathway,” said Sister Ivo Schoch, Pastoral Minister at Corpus Christi church.

Whether you're giving into your sweet tooth or saving the sweets for later, this collision won't happen again for a long time.

Another unusual holiday pairing is coming up. This year, Easter Sunday will also fall on April Fools, no joke.