Ash Wednesday is Feb. 22, which begins the 40-day solemn season of Lent.
Distribution of ashes will take place in churches across the eight-county Diocese of Cleveland. At the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland, ash distribution will take place during the day’s Masses, which are scheduled for 7:15 and 11 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. As usual, the noon Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website. Bishop Edward Malesic is scheduled to celebrate the noon Mass on Ash Wednesday.
No confessions are scheduled at the cathedral on Ash Wednesday.
The cathedral will have Stations of the Cross at 5:15 p.m. each Friday in Lent.
In addition to his weekly Scripture reflections, Bishop Edward Malesic also will offer a daily reflection during Lent. His reflections can be found on a special web page that contains a variety of Lenten resources. Click here to access the resources, including links to the livestreamed Stations of the Cross from the cathedral.
Reminder: Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. Catholics ages 14-59 – unless excused due to illness, chronic disease, pregnant or nursing women – are obligated to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (April 7). When fasting, a person can eat one full meal as well as two smaller meals that together do not equal a full meal.
Also, Catholics who are 14 and older are obligated to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent.
Additional Lenten resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are available here.