Lenten Days of Ashes Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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Here is the Mass schedule for this week– February 14 to February 21
Sunday (today) Vigil Mass 5pm (Sat., 10am (Sunday)
Monday Mass at 12:00 Noon
Tuesday Mass at 8:00am
ASH WEDNESDAY Mass at 8:00am
ASH WEDNESDAY Mass at 12:00 Noon
ASH THURSDAY Mass at 8:00am
ASH FRIDAY Mass at 12:00 Noon
ASH SATURDAY Mass at 8:00am
Next Sunday FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – Sat. Vigil at 5pm, Sunday morning at 10am
Ashes will be distributed all four days at the Masses — Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday so that with the COVID-19 restrictions there will be enough seating available in church. Please arrange your Mass schedule so that all will have the opportunity to begin Lent with this sacred rite. Ashes are not limited to just one day. See below for changes that will occur with the distribution of ashes during these times for health reasons.
Please check this page daily for any last-minute changes
There is a shift in emphasis this year in the significance of receiving ashes. With health reasons in mind the ash distributor is not to touch the recipient nor have close contact through the utterance of the word formulas individually. So, returning to a centuries old tradition the distributor will just sprinkle a pinch of ash on the top (crown) in silence. The recipient is to bow the head slightly. This sign of humble submission to God takes on greater significance for us and this is to remain with us throughout all the days of Lent. The consecration of the “head” to God is a consecration of the total body and soul. Wearing the ashes on the forehead for all to see takes on less importance. In the Gospel Jesus told us not to do penance for show. This means more to us this year. Lent is the renewal of our whole being to God. A good Lent implies that we love God with all our heart and soul and love neighbor as ourselves. The ashes are spiritual ashes.
This is the time, O Lord, when you open your heart to the people who love you and enrich us with your Holy Spirit. Thus, do you increase your own life within us by giving us a greater share in the living body of your Son, the Church. Grant us to so live in this world as sons and daughters of yours whom you have called to freedom from sin to give evidence to the world that you are with us by the holiness of Christ radiating from our lives.
Responsorial Psalm — Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
- Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Brief summary of the readings [find links below on homepage]
Joel: Lord, do not let your heritage to us go to waste
Psalm 51: Show us mercy, Lord; show us how to accept it
2 Corinthians: This is the time of grace; take hold of it
Matthew: Lenten instructions from the Sermon on the Mount