Lent is fast approaching! On Wednesday, February 17th, the Church begins the Penitential Season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Liturgy of the Word Services (with Distribution of Ashes) will be offered at 12:10 PM and 4:15 PM.
As per usual - Social Distancing (100-Person Max in Church / 50-Person Max in O’Connor Hall), as well as Mask Wearing, is mandatory.
By directive from the Vatican and Archdiocese of Newark, ashes will be sprinkled on the top of heads instead of traced on foreheads to avoid contact due to the pandemic. While this is unusual for us, this is the common practice in Italy, Poland, and other European countries. Perhaps in this adaptation and these pandemic times lies a challenge for us to enter into the Season of Lent more deeply. This year, without a visible mark on our foreheads, we are invited to truly pattern our lives on repentance and belief in the Gospel thereby offering a witness through prayer, fast, and almsgiving.
We hope you will join us as we enter into this Holy Season!
Archdiocese of Newark
2021 Lenten Regulations
*Canon 920, §1. All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.