Lent Begins – Ash Wednesday

Lent Begins February 17
It is hard to believe but soon the Alleluia and the green vestments will be put away replaced by purple vestments and a more somber and spartan liturgy. Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 17th. This season will carry us from the starkness of the desert with sand and ashes to the vitality of tulips, lilies and the Resurrected Jesus. It asks us to consider our sinfulness and need for repentance and carries us to God’s vast mercy and forgiveness. Lent invites us to journey from death to life.
– Fr. Chris
 
Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Masses: 9am, 3pm, 7pm
Adoration: 5pm – 7pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation: 5pm – 6 pm
In regards to the distribution of Ashes in Time of Pandemic, the Holy See and the USCCB have advised that ashes will be sprinkled on the head
 
Lenten Regulations
On Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, the Church requests all over 14 years of age to abstain from meat.
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, the Church requests all between the ages of 18 and 60 to fast, having one full meal and two smaller meals for nourishment and strength. Liquids are allowed throughout the day.
 
The Faithful enjoy freedom of conscience to excuse themselves from these regulations but, as the U.S. Bishops state, “no Catholic Christian will likely excuse themselves from so hallowed an obligation” on these days.