Ash Wednesday will begin the penitential season of Lent, where we as members of the Church can repent of sins and incline our hearts toward God. Through our works of prayer, fasting, and abstinence, let us heed the prophet Joel's exhortation to return to God with our whole heart (2:12).
Mass with the blessing and imposition of Ashes will take place on Wednesday, February 18:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence. Fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year.