Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ashesFebruary 26, 2020 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 – Catholic Mass (bilingual)
3:00 pm –  Interdenominational Ash service
Ashes will be distributed by chaplains from 6:30 am to 5 pm.

Outpatient Center (OPC) – Meditation Room, 2nd Floor

11 am – 1 pm – Imposition of Ashes

Walter Tower Look Sanctuary – 1st Floor

11 am – 1 pm, 3 – 4 pm – Imposition of Ashes


CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital Cullen Memorial Chapel

12 noon – Catholic 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

6:30 am – 7:00 am – Imposition of Ashes
in the Children’s Chapel West Tower 3 rd Floor
12:00 noon – Catholic Mass
in the Pavilion for Women Conference rooms D,E,F
4 th floor by the escalators


Memorial Herman Hospital Mirtha G. Dunn Interfaith Chapel

9:30 am – Catholic Mass with Imposition of Ashes
12 noon – Ecumenical Service with Imposition of Ashes

First floor Hermann Atrium near the Rick Smith Art Gallery

6 am-10 pm – “Ashes to Go”

Second Floor Sarofim Pavilion near Café

6 am-10 pm – “Ashes to Go”


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 – Catholic Mass with Ashes
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Catholic 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 – Catholic Mass with Distribution of Ashes
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, St. Mary’s Chapel, 1714 Rice Blvd.

4:30 pm – Mass
7:30 pm – Mass


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
6:00 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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