Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, at 7 pm we will have a traditional Sung Mass, Extraordinary Form, at the chapel of the Bishop O’Connor Center.  All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  This, however, could be one of the “last chance” Masses in the area and opportunity to receive ashes, even if you cannot receive Holy Communion.

Bring friends.

As I mentioned elsewhere, my intention for the Mass is for my benefactors and that they have a fruitful Lent. 7 pm CST = 0100 GMT 19 Feb.

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  1. Laura R. says:

    Thanks, Father, for the information that Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. I was wondering, as I’m sure others were as well. I expect to attend and receive ashes, but it is helpful to know that it’s not mandatory in case one could not get to church.

  2. One of those TNCs says:

    Our parish isn’t huge, by any means, but we offer 5 (count ’em: five) Masses on Ash Wednesday: 6:30, 8:30 a.m.; 12:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m. Even the Cathedral offers “only” 4.

    Our parking lots are jammed, the school’s parking lot across the street is jammed, the streets for a block around are lined with cars. In the church, there is standing room only, flowing out into a packed vestibule…all for this particular day, this particular rite, these ashes.

    I am so glad all these people are moved to come and “get their ashes.” Please, Holy Spirit, move them to come to Mass on Sunday, as well. On Sundays, our parking lot is only 2/3 full at the most popular Mass.

  3. APX says:

    One of Those TNC’s,

    I count 6 Masses for Ash Wednesday.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    One of those TNCs – My old parish was centrally located, so we also ended up getting more visitors on Ash Wednesday than on normal Sundays. These people lived somewhere else to heck and gone, but our parish was close to their workplaces.

    Also, we got a lot of Protestants and curious seekers, etc. This time of year in our crazy society, the Lord casts a wide net.

  5. One of those TNCs says:

    Whoops. It appears I gave up counting for Lent.

    “6. Count ’em: six.”

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