Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Why we receive the ashes? Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told: "Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return."
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
ASH WEDNESDAY, February 14
8:00AM - Mass in English,
10:00AM - School Mass
12:10PM - Mass in English
6:00PM - Mass in Spanish
7:00PM - Mass in Polish
7:30PM - Mass in Portuguese at OLRF