Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14, marking the start of the season of Lent

Bishop Perez to distribute ashes during noon Mass

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, so named because of the Church’s tradition of marking the foreheads of each member of the faith community with consecrated ashes on that day. Catholics receive ashes as a tangible reminder that Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and charitable works (almsgiving) in preparation for Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

According to Catholic tradition, Lent provides us with a yearly opportunity to renew and deepen our relationship with Christ. It is a time during which penitential practices and good works are stressed equally by the Church. Acts of sacrifice and self-denial alongside actions directed toward love of God and neighbor combine to powerfully fulfill our baptismal commitment to be like Christ.

Ashes will be distributed during Masses at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, East 9th Street and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland, throughout the day on Ash Wednesday. Masses are scheduled at 7:15 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 5:10 and 7 p.m. Bishop Nelson J. Perez will distribute ashes during the Mass at noon.

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Fasting and abstinence from eating meat

Ash Wednesday
(Feb. 14) and Good Friday (March 30) are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence.  For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection.

Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.


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