Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ashesFebruary 14, 2018 is Ash Wednesday which begins the Church’s season of penance, prayer and works of charity in preparation for the celebration of the mystery of our salvation which Jesus accomplished with his suffering, death and ultimate resurrection at Easter.  Here are the times at nearby chapels and parishes when ashes are available, and whether they will be distributed during Mass or another service. (Follow the links to the hospitals for the location of their chapel.)

Houston Methodist Hospital Wiess Memorial Chapel

12 noon – Mass
3:00 pm –  Ash service
Ashes will be distributed by chaplains from 6:30 am to 5 pm.

CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital Cullen Memorial Chapel

6:30 am – Ash service
12 noon – Mass
Ashes will also be available for reception the first 15 minutes of every hour from 6 am to 6 pm

Texas Children’s Hospital chapel

6:30 am – Scripture Service with Distribution of Ashes
6:30 am – 6:30 pm – Ashes available
12 noon – Mass
Sacrament of Reconciliation available after Mass

Memorial Herman Hospital Mirtha G. Dunn Interfaith Chapel

9:30 am – Mass
12 noon – Ecumenical Service with Imposition of Ashes
3:00 pm – Imposition of Ashes

MD Anderson Cancer Center

  Freeman-Dunn Chapel (Main Building, Floor 1)

3:00 am – Distribution of Ashes
6:00 am – Distribution of Ashes
8:00 am – Mass
9:00 am – Distribution of Ashes
12 noon – Mass
2:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes
3:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes
4:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes

  Louise J. Moran Chapel (Mays Clinic, Floor 2)

7:30 am – Distribution of Ashes
10:00 am – Mass
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes

Ben Taub Hospital chapel

6:45 am – Distribution of Ashes
8:30 am – Distribution of Ashes
9:30 am – Distribution of Ashes
10:45 am – Mass
1:30 pm – Distribution of Ashes
3:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes
5:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes
7:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes
8:30 pm – Distribution of Ashes
10:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes

Rice University Newman Center, 1714 Rice Blvd.

5:30 pm – Mass at St. Mary’s Chapel

Holy Rosary Parish, 3601 Milam St.

12:05 pm – Mass
5:15 pm – Mass
7:00 pm – Mass (Vietnamese)

St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6800 Buffalo Speedway

6:45 am – Mass
12:10 pm – Mass
6:30 pm – Mass

St. Anne Parish, 2140 Westheimer Blvd.

7:00 am – Mass
12 noon – Mass
5:30 pm – Ash Service
7:30 pm – Mass (Spanish)

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of 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. From the website for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Check out more resources for Lent from the USCCB.

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