The season of Lent begins this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. We will have two Masses on Ash Wednesday here at Holy Name of Mary Parish; one @ 10:00am and one @ 07:00pm. Please note that there is no 09:00am Mass this Wednesday March 6 as Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School will be joining us for Mass in the church. Distribution of ashes will take place at both Masses, as well as the local nursing home, retirement residence and the Almonte General Hospital, Rosamond wing. Please consult the latest bulletin, March 03 & 10, 2019, for all the details and times.

If you are unable to join us for Mass on Ash Wednesday, please take advantage of one of the other services for the disturbance of ashes or attend a church service at another Catholic church in Ottawa or Carleton Place. The Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes is a powerful and important reminder of the penitential nature of Lent and our need for change in our lives.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are universal days of fast and abstinence for all Catholics.

Fasting binds all persons from 18 to 59 years, unless prevented by poor health. On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s own needs.Eating between meals is not allowed although fluids may be taken.

Abstinence from meat (including chicken) binds all persons who are 14 and older, unless prevented by poor health. In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the consumption of meat is not allowed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays of Lent. The Archbishop mandates this observance for the spiritual well-being of the faithful.

Lent is a penitential season and, as such, religious practices such as daily Mass, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.

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