February 17 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. Like Good Friday, Ash Wednesday is a day on which Catholics are required to observe a fast and abstain from meat. The bishops of the United States have issued the following guidelines about fasting and abstinence: For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. Catholics are required to abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent.
To minimize personal contact so as to reduce the possibility of transmission of COVID-19, the priest will give ashes to the people using a cotton swab instead of his thumb.
Distribution of Ashes will take place at the Church of St. Cecilia on 2/17 at the following times:
- 7:30am Distribution Within Mass – Pre-registration required. Sign up below.
- 4-6pm Distribution Outside of Mass – A priest will be available to give ashes to those who want them during this time period. Simply come to the church at some point during the two-hour window. No registration is required.