Mass with Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated at the Shrine of St Augustine on Ash Wednesday, 18th February 2015, at the following times:
6.30pm (Extraordinary Form)
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence (i.e. only one full meal in the day, no snacks, and no meat). It is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but you are encouraged, and many people will want, to attend Mass on this day.
Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, which is a period of fasting before the feast of Easter. The ashes put on your forehead symbolise the penitential nature of the season; they remind us of our mortality and call us to repentance for the sins we commit. This is in preparation for the joy of Easter, which this year falls on 5th April.