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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal which helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ, his passion, death and resurrection.

The ashes we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our earthly mortality and a call to repentance.  The ashes are made by burning the palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday. The ashes are blessed by the priest, who then dips his thumb in them and makes the Sign of the Cross on each person’s forehead, while saying these words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19) or "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and a day of abstinence from meat.   Fasting applies to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 and means you should only eat one full meal and two smaller meals if needed.  All Catholics age 14 and above should abstain from eating meat on the day,

Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, but Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass to begin their Lenten journey. All Mass times below are for Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A special collection taken up in all churches on Ash Wednesday will jointly benefit the Church in Central and Eastern Europe and the Solidarity Fund for Africa.  The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which were formerly under Soviet control.  It also supports projects that benefit family life, women, and children in Africa.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Times


All Saints Parish:

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Wednesday at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor

All Saints Parish:

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue - Wednesday at Noon


All Saints Parish:

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Wednesday at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Holy Family Parish:

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue, Greenville - Wednesday at Noon


St. Anthony of Padua Parish:

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.


All Saints Parish:

St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road - Wednesday at 6 p.m.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception:

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley


All Saints Parish:

St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street  - Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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