Ash Wednesday liturgies:
Morning Prayer | 9:30 AM
Mass | 12:00 PM
Evening Vespers | 7:00 PM
*Ashes will be available after services and in the church from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat. The guidelines for fasting and abstinence are as follows:
Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by Catholics eighteen years of age until one has reached their fifty-ninth birthday. On these days only one full meal is allowed. Two small meals may be taken but together they should not equal one full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted but consuming water, fruit juice and other liquids is allowed. Abstinence is binding on all Catholics fourteen years of age and older. Due to various medical conditions or illness some are not able to observe these guidelines. For example, fasting for a person with diabetes in not a good idea. People in such situations are to choose some other suitable form of self-denial.