Ash Wednesday
February 26

Ash Wednesday Mass and Distribution of Ashes
St. Ann Church: 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM
Our Lady of Guadalupe: 5:30 PM
7:30 PM (Spanish)

On February 26, our parish community will enter into the season of Lent, with the Ash Wednesday services. Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Ashes symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. But they are also applied to a person’s forehead in the shape of a cross, symbolizing the source of our redemption and the healing of our broken relationship with God.