Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday!

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent – a campaign of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, so as to prepare for Easter. Many Catholics consider it important to receive ashes on this day. This period represents the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert as well as the 40 years that the Israelites spent in exile. Mass in the Shrine today is at 12 noon – with the Imposition of Ashes.