Ash Wednesday is February 17. We will offer ashes at 7am (bilingual Service)and at masses at 12:15pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm (Spanish). On weekdays (M-F) during Lent there will be a 7am mass in addition to the regular daily mass. There will be no parish penance service but additional confession times are: Wednesdays March, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6pm-8pm and Thursdays March 11, 18, 25 from 3pm – 5pm . There will be Stations of the Cross each Friday at 6pm followed by Stations in Spanish at 7:30pm . There will be no soup suppers following Stations this year.
Church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:
Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent* and Good Friday. Everyone 18 or older, and under 59 years of age, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.
NOTE ON ASH WEDNESDAY
From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 12 January 2021.
Distribution of Ashes in Time of Pandemic
The Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with
holy water, without saying anything. Then he addresses all those present and only
once says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general:
“Repent, and believe in the Gospel”, or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you
The Priest then cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask and distributes the
ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing
in their places. The Priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one
without saying anything.