Welcome to Saint Bernard's Guide to Lent!
These forty days are filled with amazing opportunities to grow in grace and mercy.
Let's get started.
First, we made Ashes:
We collected palm from last year.
Then we burned them:
This year we burned palm on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday right after the 5pm Mass just before our Mardi Gras celebration.
Thanks to all who came!
So why do we do ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Here are three references:
Read Fr Ralph's Column in the 2019 Ash Wednesday Bulletin: Permanent Marker
Read his 2019 Ash Wednesday Column in the Levittown Tribune: Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
Read his Ground Hog Day Column (about Lent) in the Levittown Tribune
Read his column Resolutions Refined regarding the difference between New Year's Resolutions and Lenyen Resolutions.
View this two minute video about Ash Wednesday and Lent
So when are Ashes Distributed?
(The difference between a Mass and a Service is that there is no communion at the Service.)
We'll also be distributing ashes to students at Religious Education Classes that day.
So here's what you'll be asked: