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Ash Wednesday Mass

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. We receive ashes on our foreheads to humble our hearts and remind us that life here on Earth will pass away and that we are made for a life beyond this world.

Holy Mass with the distribution of ashes will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday as follows:

  • 12:10pm at St Patrick
  • 5:15pm at Holy Redeemer
  • 7:00pm at St Patrick
  • 7:30pm at Holy Redeemer (in Spanish)

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence (while all Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday in order to begin the Lenten season with the proper attitude and reflection, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation). "Denying material food, which nourishes our body, nurtures an interior disposition to listen to Christ and be fed by His saving word. Through fasting and praying, we allow Him to come and satisfy the deepest hunger that we experience in the depths of our being: the hunger and thirst for God" (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

Fasting and Abstinence Defined

Fasting: Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (in addition to abstaining from meat on those days). Those who are bound to this practice may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals (that don't equal one full meal) are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods in-between meals is not permitted.

Abstinence: Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.