Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ashesMarch 6, 2019 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

8:30 am – Morning Prayer
12 noon – Mass (bilingual)
3:00 pm –  Interdenominational 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 – 7:00 am – Imposition of Ashes
12:00 noon – Mass
Sacrament of Reconciliation available after Mass


Memorial Herman Hospital Mirtha G. Dunn Interfaith Chapel

9:30 am – Mass with Imposition of Ashes
12:15 pm – Ecumenical Service with Imposition of Ashes
3:00 pm – Imposition of Ashes
7:30 pm – Imposition of Ashes


MD Anderson Cancer Center

  Freeman-Dunn Chapel (Main Building, Floor 1)

4:00 – 10:00 am – Ash Wednesday Observance Ecumenical
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Mass with Ashes
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Mass with Ashes
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Observance Ecumenical

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

7:00 am – 2:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Observance Ecumenical
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Catholic Prayer Service with Ashes
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Observance Ecumenical


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.

12:05 pm – Mass at St. Mary’s Chapel
7:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Service


Holy Rosary Parish, 3601 Milam St.

12:05 pm – Mass
5:15 pm – Mass


St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6800 Buffalo Speedway

6:45 am – Mass
9:30 am – 11:30 am – Distribution of Ashes inside the church
12:10 pm – Mass
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Distribution of Ashes inside the church
6:30 pm – Mass


St. Anne Parish, 2140 Westheimer Blvd.

7:00 am – Mass
12 noon – Mass
5:30 pm – Distribution of Ashes
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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