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Ash Wednesday is March 6

February 25, 2019

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Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019. The distribution of ashes on campus will take place at Catholic Masses held at the Chapel of St. Ignatius at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. All are welcome!

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, alms giving, and repentance for Christians before the celebration of Easter. People receive ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a remembrance of our mortality and a sign of our desire for reconciliation.

From the Archives: In a 2011 article, "A Time for Repentance," Pat Howell, S.J., currently with the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, elaborates on the meaning and significance of Ash Wednesday.

(Photo by Sy Bean)

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