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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Distribution

Cardinal Collins has given us permission to extend the distribution of ashes beyond Ash Wednesday, February 17; we have thus scheduled opportunities on Thursday February 18 for you to come and receive the ashes.

Due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, we will be distributing ashes according to the ancient practice of dropping the ashes directly on the crown of the head. This will mean there is no touching of the recipient, and is different from the regular custom in North America of marking the forehead with ashes.

Note also that the distribution of ashes will be a brief service, without distribution of Holy Communion. We wish to be brief, efficient and on time so as to ensure everyone who wishes may avail themselves of this opportunity to “Repent, and believe the Good News”.

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Ash Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 : 10:00 AM-12:00 PM & 4:30-6:30PM

Thursday, February 18, 2021 : 10:00 AM-12:00 PM & 4:30-6:30PM

Registration through Eventbrite is required which will open on Saturday, February 13 at 5:30 PM.

We ask that you attend our live stream Mass prior to receiving the ashes.

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Wednesday, February 17, 2021: 9:00 AM

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Additional Information

  • Every reasonable precaution has been and will continue to be taken by the Archdiocese of Toronto to ensure your health and safety. However, there can be no guarantees of complete protection as there will always be risks of contracting viral infection through large gatherings.

  • Please do not enter the church if you have a temperature, feel ill or have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual over the past two weeks.

  • Masks or face coverings are mandatory.

  • Please look for signs marking the proper entrance door into the church.

  • Sanitize your hands upon entry.

  • Please maintain physical distancing at ALL times (stay 6 feet away from others).

  • Please follow the direction provided by ushers/volunteers.

  • One ticket is required per person.

  • If you would like to light a prayer candle please click the button

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:19 

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