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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 … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 01: Ash Wednesday

It is Ash Wednesday.  For those bound by the law, it is a day of fasting and abstinence. With this audio offering, I am beginning a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you … 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) … 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 … 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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Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Amusing Ash Wednesday note

On Twitter today, I saw someone refer to the mark from ashes as an #ashtag Heh.

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Francis at Santa Sabina

I am watching the Holy Father process to and enter the first Roman Station Church, Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill.

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Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot

Have you ever read or studied T.S Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday? You should have, you know. Let us not let Ash Wednesday pass without at least touching on the poem. If you have never read or heard it, at least … Continue reading

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Remember! Fast and abstinence! What’s your plan?

What are you all having for your meals today? I had no breakfast.  I plan on vegetable soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch and for supper salad of mixed greens and oil and vinegar.

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Ash Wednesday glimpses and papal liturgical music observations

First, lunch was a cup of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. This was consumed while viewing the Holy Father’s Mass at Santa Sabina, the Roman Station.  The day began at the nearby San’tAnselmo on the Aventine Hill for the collect. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Ashes, Very Small Children, and You – An annual discussion.

From a priest: Reverend and Dear Father, Ash Wednesday is soon to be upon us, and I am faced with the situation I am often faced with: whether to impose ashes on cute, angel-faced infants. It never fails that, as … Continue reading

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That smudge.

Ash Wednesday is around the corner.  In the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, the lovely and persistent feature-writer Anna Arco has an article with comments about that ash-smudge. Don’t rub off your ashes, urges bishop By Anna Arco … Continue reading

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Lent begins in one week!

For Latin Church Catholics the beginning of Lent comes in one week with Ash Wednesday. Are you ready?  Do you have a plan for your Lent? Be prudent as you plan and don’t bite off too much at the beginning.  … Continue reading

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