Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday liturgies are some of the best attended in the entire year.  Some people suggest that is just because the Church is giving out something free, but I suspect there are deeper reasons!  Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes).  They also remind us of our mortality (“remember that you are dust”) and thus of the day when we will stand before God and be judged.  This can be linked easily to the death and resurrection motif of Baptism.  To prepare well for the day we die, we must die now to sin and rise to new life in Christ.  Being marked with ashes at the beginning of Lent indicates our recognition of the need for deeper conversion of our lives during this season of renewal.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Mass
Date:  Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time:
  7 AM

Ash Wednesday Mass
Date:  Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time:  12 PM Noon

Ash Wednesday Service – Liturgy of the Word Service
Date:  Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time:  3:00 PM

Ash Wednesday Mass
Date:  Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time:  6:30 PM

Informational Flyer:  Ash Wednesday Schedule for 2018
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What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

What are you giving up for Lent?  It is the question Catholic gets asked every Ash Wednesday.  Do you know the answer? Do you know why we “give something up” for Lent?  Visit the link below for a short reflection on “giving something up” to help you answer that question.

What are You Giving Up for Lent?

Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.  Visit the link below for a short reflection on why we fast and abstain from meat, and who is required to fast and abstain from meat.

Fasting and Abstinence Obligation

Map and Directions to St. Mary’s Basilica

Parking Information at St. Mary’s Basilica

Free parking is available for parishioners and visitors attending Mass and sponsored events at St. Mary’s Basilica.
Our parking garage is located on 5th Street between Van Buren Street and Monroe Street.

For More Information:

St. Mary’s Basilica
231 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-354-2001
Email:  frontdesk@smbphx.org

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