The season of Lent begins this Wednesday 17th February. Lent is a time of preparation for the great feast of Easter. To mark the beginning of the Lenten season we sign ourselves with ashes as an indication of our willingness to turn away from sin in our lives and to be more faithful in our Christian living. We listen to the voice of Jesus who began his preaching with the words “Repent, and believe the Good News.”

This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, ashes cannot be distributed in the traditional way with people gathering in Church and having ashes placed on their foreheads. As an alternative you may wish to prepare some ashes at home in a bowl or dish, perhaps taken from your own fireplace. Join us for Mass on Ash Wednesday at 10am via our webcam and after the ashes have been blessed, place your ashes on your own forehead. If our Mass time does not suit you, maybe take a few minutes at some stage during the day to reflect on the Lenten call to repentance, say a short prayer and put ashes on your forehead.

Blessed ashes in individual sachets will be available in the Church on Ash Wednesday for people to take home to those who cannot visit the Church at this time.