What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a forty day period during which Christians prepare themselves to celebrate Christ's death and resurrection. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the ancient practice of putting ashes on one's head as a sign of sorrow and repentance of sin.
Ash Wednesday Events: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- Lake Shore Campus: Mass with the distribution of ashes, 12 noon, Madonna della Strada Chapel
- Water Tower Campus: Mass with the distribution of ashes, 11:30 a.m., St. James Chapel in the Quigley Center
Ash Wednesday Guidelines
Catholics who are 14 years and older must abstain from meat (e.g. beef, chicken, etc.) on Ash Wednesday. Eggs and dairy products are permitted. In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who 18 to 59 years ago must fast by eating only one meatless meal on Ash Wednesday. Two other small meals are permitted as long as they together do not amount to a full meal (Canons 97, 1251-1252).
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"Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment." (Joel 2:13-13 NAB)