Tag Archives: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You – with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church, Latin Church Catholics are bound to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday.
Here are some details. I am sure you know them already, but they are good to … Continue reading

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14 Feb 2018 – St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

Each year that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, in Lent, we witness the lunacy of dispensations so that people don’t have to do their regular Friday, lenten penance.
This year, the Feast of St. Valentine – transmogrified, commercialized and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If there is no other priest, does Father put ashes on himself? #ashtag

From a priest comes a good #ashtag question…
QUAERITUR:
A couple priests have asked me today, and I have no good answer – when a priest is offering Mass on Ash Wednesday without another priest present, or a deacon, does he impose … Continue reading

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POLL: 2017 #AshWednesday Ashes and You

Lent is an important season in the yearly cycle of a Catholic Christian’s life.  The inclination toward a feeling of obligation is laudable. The desire to begin the spiritual war of Lent by marking it with ashes is good.
Nevertheless, people are … Continue reading

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Your #AshWednesday Sermon Notes – #ashtag

If you went to church for Ash Wednesday – it is not a Holy Day of Obligation – and if there was a sermon, was there a good point made which you can share with the readership?

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Your Ash Wednesday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday was not a Holy Day of Obligation, as all Sundays are.
For my part, I spoke briefly about the need for purification and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Young children receiving ashes on #AshWednesday

This comes up each year in my ASK FATHER email, so I will repost an oldie.
From a reader:
I have a three year old girl. She loves the material aspects of Catholicism (holy cards, holy water, lighting candles, relics etc) and has … Continue reading

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POLL: #AshWednesday Ashes and You

Some people are under the impression that Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation.
It is not.
Lent is an important season in the yearly cycle of a Catholic Christian’s life.  The inclination toward a feeling of obligation is laudable. The desire … Continue reading

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Your Ash Wednesday Sermon Notes

Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, as every Sunday is. However, many people go to Mass for the beginning of Lent.
Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for Ash Wednesday?

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ASK FATHER: Children and ashes

From a reader:
Are children of any age able to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday or is First Communion/Confirmation required first? My son is almost 2.
Yes, children of any age can receive ashes.  That’s up to you parents and, I suppose, … Continue reading

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