Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This coming Wednesday, February 17 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Depending on the decisions of the Government of Ontario and of the local public health authority (to be announced Tuesday, February 16, in the afternoon), we are planning for the possibility of having a special mass with the distribution of ashes at 7:00 pm. If we are open for masses, our seating will be limited to 110. In the event that we are not open for masses, we will live stream.
To confirm the schedule, please consult our parish website or call the parish office. Please remember that for contact tracing, if we are able to open for public masses, we will return to the practice of registering for weekday masses and for Sunday masses.
During Lent, we will have the Stations of the Cross, based on the text of The Way of the Cross with the Virgin Mary, on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm. The Stations of the cross will take place at the parish – contact tracing information is required.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in the Roman Rite, including Canada, are days of fasting and of abstinence from meat. Fasting is understood as being one meal and two other collations when combined do not equal a meal. The law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older. Parents and educators should introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance. The actions modelled by adults will be the greatest influence in this matter.
Wishing a blessed Lent to all.