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Ash Wednesday | Ashes outside of Mass
February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ash Wednesday | February 14, 2024
Ashes outside of Mass – 7:00 p.m. | shorter liturgy with ashes
Receiving Ashes: Remember your mortality. Experience sorrow for sin. Learn about and partake of this ancient devotion. Not Catholic? No problem. Anyone is welcome to receive ashes and learn about entering into Lent, the season of repentance and renewal leading up to Easter. These ashes are administered during Mass. To receive ashes in a shorter service, outside of Mass, come to the 7:00 PM liturgy instead. There will be no incense at the 5:30 Ash Wednesday Mass.
Penance Requirements: Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. This means that as a member of the Latin Church you are obligated to eat no more than one full meal and two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. This requirement does not apply if you have medical needs or you are younger than 18 or older than 59. Ash Wednesday is also a day of abstinence from meat, which is binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.