The season of Lent is fast approaching. It begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the minister applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he/she speaks the words: "Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.
Our Ash Wednesday Services will take place at the following times:
Mass and Distribution of Ashes at 6:30, 8:30*, 10:00am, 12 noon and 7pm. Please note that our
usual 8am Mass has been changed to 8:30am. 5pm Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes
ST. CHRISTOPHER PARISH
2278 Booksin Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125