Lent: begins on Ash Wednesday this week. The goal of Lent is the worthy celebration of the paschal mystery, the suffering death and resurrection of Jesus.
The ashes we place on our forehead are a sign of penance and intention to repent of our sins. These ashes come from the burning of palm branches used on Passion Sunday the previous year, they are blessed after the Gospel at Mass on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is not an end in itself; it is directed toward the joyful celebration of Easter.
The themes of Lent, namely penance, baptism and the passion of Christ, all serve to remind us of central mystery of our faith. As a season of penance, Lent offers us the three disciplines of prayer, fasting and helping the poor. We are obliged as Catholics to fast on two days of the year, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Mass times on Ash Wednesday 8am, 9.30am & 7.30pm.