Today is Ash Wednesday – marking the beginning of the 40 days of Lent before Easter Sunday. Many Catholics will normally signify Ash Wednesday by getting ashes placed in the shape of a cross on their foreheads but not this year. Due to the pandemic there are changes. The Vatican reminded Catholics that Ash Wednesday is not in fact a Day of Holy Obligation but if you insist on getting your ashes – each Church may have different ways of distributing them. Some priests may choose to bless the ashes and sprinkle them over the congregation during Mass or in the case of St. Martin de Porres (St. Brendan/St. Ann parishes) – they will be offering a choice for distribution.
See Announcement via Weekly Church Bulletin
On February 17th the Church will observe the beginning of the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. While the reception of ashes on the forehead is part of our tradition, keep in mind that many may not be able to receive them this year because of the pandemic. Keep in mind that it is the interior disposition of the believer’s heart that is most essential as we reflect on Christ’s forty days of prayer and fasting in the desert.
We will be celebrating Mass at 9am at St. Brendan’s and having an service at 6pm at St. Ann’s. Ashes will be distributed at those times but Fr. Brian will remain in the church for an hour afterwards if there are those who feel uncomfortable being in such a gathering. Fr. Brian will also be blessing small envelopes of ashes that you can distribute to those in only your household who cannot aĴend Mass or the service. May this holy season renew our faith in the risen Christ.