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Preparing for Holy Week

Live the Fast’s Operations Manager Tara and her family talk about Holy Week traditions and explain what they enjoy most about this time of year.

Download the recipe for Resurrection Cookies here!


Live the Fast Prayer Vigil

Join us for an evening of Eucharistic Adoration accompanied by music, prayer reflections by Father Nolan, Holy Rosary and silent prayer. For those of you who are out of state or unable to attend, we invite you to join us in spirit.

When: Friday, April 11 from 6-9pm
Where: St. Mary’s in Waltham (133 School Street)



Press Release – Live the Fast Publishes Fasting Guide in Time for Lent

Apostolate will also print book on fasting for clergy and communities

Waltham, MA (March 17, 2014) – Roman Catholic Apostolate Live the Fast has published its first booklet titled, “Live the Fast guide to a bread and water fast.” Measuring 4×6” and seventy-two pages in length, the booklet is an introduction and companion to one fasting on bread and water. Highlighting scripture, saints, Pope Francis, Monsignor Charles Murphy and even doctors with reference to prayer and fasting, the booklet is a comprehensive resource.

“We thank our community members because this booklet was inspired by their questions, testimonies, prayers, and desire to learn how to pray and fast better,” said Director Darcie Nielsen, who wrote and designed the publication. “With Lent beginning, we’re blessed to share this booklet with all those looking to make a commitment to bread and water fasting throughout the next 40 days––and beyond!”

The booklet consists of 16 sections including “How to start – Fast Day schedule & best practices,” “FAQs,” “Fasting in scripture,” “Answered prayers,” “Health benefits of fasting” and more. Drawing on the experience of the Live the Fast community, there is a topic in the booklet for everyone.

“My favorite section is ‘Fasting in the lives of Saints,” said Live the Fast Founder Andrew LaVallee. “The saints show us by example the importance and power of fasting. We can look to them for intercession and learn how to aspire to holiness today.”

“We hope all who read this booklet recognize that the invitation is more than just to fast, but to pray,” said Darcie Nielsen, “as we have found that the more we pray, the more gets done!” Live the Fast has a daily prayer schedule that is outlined in the booklet.

“Every touch point on a bread and water fast is in this booklet,” said Andrew LaVallee.

Live the Fast has also recently received printing rights to the late Father Adalbert de Vogüé’s “To Love Fasting,” which explores the Benedictine rule of fasting in community and monastic life. They plan to distribute this book to priests and religious, especially those living in community.

To obtain copies of “Live the Fast guide to a bread and water fast” please go online to www.livethefast.com.


Drew Mariani interviews Andrew LaVallee 3/5/14

An Ash Wednesday broadcast discussing prayer, fasting and almsgiving!
To listen click here.


A Lenten Retreat: Faith, Women and Food

A unique Lenten retreat opportunity for women!

When: Saturday, March 29th 9am-5pm
Where: TINE (149 Washington, Street Brighton, MA)

The retreat will feature musician and speaker Miriam Marston, Reconciled to You’s Allison Gingras, and Live the Fast Director, Darcie Nielsen.

Retreat Day Schedule

9 – 9:15 am Registration
9:15 – 9:45 am Rosary
9:45 – 10:30 am Speaker Miriam Marston
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:30 am Speaker Allison Gingras
11:30 – 12 pm Reflection time
12 – 1:30 pm Lunch and Confessions
1:30 – 2:15 pm Speaker Darcie Nielsen
2:15 – 2:45 pm Small Group Discussion
2:45 – 3 pm Break
3 – 3:15 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
3:15 – 3:50 pm Q & A with all 3 speakers
4 – 5 pm Holy Mass

$30 Early Bird Ticket includes coffee, water and a boxed lunch.  In addition to speakers, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available.  Retreat will end with the celebration of Mass.  Price valid until 3/7/14.  Tickets purchased after 3/8/14 will be $35.  For More Information contact Allison at 508-243-1133.  To register, click here.

New Fasting Video with Dr. Elaine Rancatore

Live the Fast has a new team member!

A special welcome to Tara Rohatgi! The Live the Fast community is blessed to have her. As part-time Operations Manager, Tara’s experience, skills and cheerful disposition will help us serve the community and grow the apostolate. She is also a wife and mother of three beautiful children. Be sure to read her full bio below! Welcome Tara!



Tara Rohatgi graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology in 1996.   She began her career in the International Students and Scholars Office at Boston University as an international student advisor.  In 1998 she married her best friend and college sweetheart and went on to serve as Associate Director of the International Office at Brandies University. In 2001 she was thrilled to embrace her calling to full-time motherhood!  She and her husband are blessed with three beautiful children who fill their lives with love and laughter. (See Tara’s family above at the top of Mt. Monadnock, NH)

Tara’s love for Jesus and Mary began at a young age.  After receiving her first communion she was filled with joy and exclaimed, “I want to receive communion every day!”  As a child she also felt a strong sense of Our Lady’s love and protection. Although she sometimes struggled with her faith as a young adult, God’s love, ever present in the Eucharist, never ceased calling her home.  Christ’s mercy and love are overwhelming!

Tara and her family drew closer to the Lord amidst a long struggle with her daughter’s chronic illnesses and experienced peace, joy, strength and hope. By God’s grace and Our Lady’s intersession they have witnessed many miracles and answers to prayer and have found nothing is impossible for God! One of the most joyful days of Tara’s life was the Easter Vigil in 2007 when her husband was baptized into the Catholic Church!  Seeking to know and love God more led her to begin a women’s bible study group and to complete the Catechetical Certificate at St. John’s Seminary.

Tara’s discovery of Live the Fast was another answer to prayer! She and her husband sensed God calling them to deepen their prayer life and asked Him to show them how. The next evening she happened upon Andy LaValle speaking at their parish about Mary’s call to prayer and fasting!  She rushed home with a sample bag of fasting breads, excited to begin!  She feels so blessed to be joining the Live the Fast team.

2nd Annual Live the Fast Advent Retreat

“Prepare the way for the King!”

Saturday, November 30

St. Michael’s Parish
90 Concord Road
Bedford, MA 01730

To register online, click here.

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To register online, click here.

To download the flyer or to print it, click here.

International Week of Prayer and Fasting

Live the Fast Invited to International Conference
Founder Andy LaValle to be a keynote speaker


“As a pledge of an abundance of Divine Blessings upon You and Yours, I paternally impart to all participants of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting my most Heartfelt Apostolic Blessing!” –Blessed John Paul II, October 1, 2001

Waltham, MA (August 28, 2013) – Live the Fast, Inc., which provides nutritious breads and educational materials to encourage prayer and fasting, has announced that founder Andrew LaVallee will be presenting at the 21st International Week of Prayer and Fasting (IWOPF) kickoff vigil at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on September 21, 2013. The vigil begins at 9am will feature three keynote speakers and more than 1,500 attendees. LaVallee will speak about fasting, its benefits, how to fast correctly and why the US Bishops are calling us to fast. Other keynote speakers include Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), a 17-term member of the House of Representatives, and Robin Teresa Beck, author of “I Just Came for Ashes.”

“But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it (demon) out?’ He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.’” –Mark 9:27-9:29

“Jesus Himself says that prayer and fasting is the only means to drive out certain demons,” said LaVallee. “Do we have demons in our society today? The attack on life? The attack on marriage? There are many issues in our society that need a solution. We must practice the Biblical solution given to us: prayer and fasting.”

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has recently heralded a call to fasting, citing today’s fast paced culture and media as a distraction from faith.

The IWOPF recalls President Lincoln’s appointing of the National Day of Fasting and Prayer on April 30, 1863. “We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hands which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us…” (News from Washington, NY Times) Lincoln requested all people to humble themselves before the Lord, to confess national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Fasting breads provided by Live the Fast are made with unbleached and untreated flour, with no additives and preservatives and with a variety of flavorful, nourishing ingredients that will help one maintain and finish a bread and water fast. Fasting kits also include prayer and fasting guides to aid a healthy fast.

LaVallee has been in the bakery business since 1969 and started LaVallee’s Bakery Distributors in 1977. The company is known by their customers and colleagues for their excellent product mix, legendary customer service and business model based
on servant leadership.

About the International Week of Prayer and Fasting

The International Prayer and Fasting Campaign is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for the goals of the week: conversion of nations, build a “Culture of Life,” and establish peace throughout the world.

Established in 1992, the IWOPF has received two Papal blessings from Blessed John Paul II, and has had numerous keynote speakers such as Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, author and speaker Ted Flynn and many more.

To carry out our mission, IWOPF sponsors this conference every fall at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. They also encourage individuals, families and parishes to offer support through daily masses, holy hours, rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and fasting.


Catholic Response to Syrian Conflict: Pope Proclaims Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria

Opportunities in Boston area for community prayer and fasting for peace in Syria

Amid escalating rhetoric between the Obama Administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis has proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer on Saturday, September 7 for peace in Syria and the world. The invitation is extended to people of all faiths.

“To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on September 7 the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.” –Pope Francis

In preparation, Waltham company Live the Fast will distribute free fasting breads and fasting prayer cards to all those who desire to unite their fasting and prayers with the Body of Christ for these intentions of utmost gravity.

Beginning at 6pm will be an informational talk on fasting to answer questions such as how to fast and best practices. Breads will be distributed in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in Waltham located at 133 School Street from 6:15 to 8pm. There will be Eucharistic Adoration from 1 to 6pm at St. Mary’s on Friday.

Saturday evening, St. Mary’s in Waltham will host concluding hours of prayer and fasting from 7pm to midnight. There will be Eucharistic Adoration, the Holy Rosary, and a talk from a representative from the Syrian Church in Boston at St. Mary’s in Waltham.

Vigil for Peace

Saturday afternoon, there will be a Vigil for Peace with Cardinal Sean O’Malley beginning at 1 pm and will conclude with a Mass at 5 pm in St. John’s Seminary Chapel located at 127 Lake Street Brighton, MA 02135.

Pray and Fast Sept.7 – flyer 

Live the Fast on the airwaves!

On August 14, Founder Andy LaVallee and Director Darcie Guilbert were interviewed on Ave Maria radio with Teresa Tomeo. To listen click here (starting at 39 minutes).

Teresa Tomeo’s fasting testimony

Andy LaVallee on the Drew Mariani Show

On Friday, July 19, Andy was interviewed by Drew Mariani about fasting and the need for it in our country today. To help promote the practice of prayer and fasting, Live the Fast sends all priests anywhere in the country free Fasting Kits. Click here to listen! 


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