Ash Wednesday Schedule

Fast & Abstinence Regulations

  1. Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.


  2. Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast and to abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.


  3. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.


  4. To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.


  5. Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year; all, in addition to following the Lenten regulations, are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, serious prayer, and a performance of works of charity and mercy.

Office of Divine Worship
Catholic Diocese of Joliet

Blessing and Distribution of Ashes

  • Following the guidelines from the Congregation of Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published on January 12, 2021, the Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything. The he addresses all those present and ONLY ONCE says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal applying it to all in general.

  • The Priest then sanitizes his hands, puts on face mask and shield and distributes the ashes to those who come to him, or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places. The Priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything.  >>> Only a small amount of ash is sprinkled by rubbing the thumb and fore finger together over the head of the recipient<<<.

  • Hands are then cleansed and sanitized

  • (NOTE: Deacons and Extraordinary ministers may also assist in the distribution of ashes.)



Ash Wednesday 7am Mass – click here

Ash Wednesday Mass 8:45am – click here

Ash Wednesday Service 12 noon (Spanish) – click here

Ash Wednesday Service 5:30pm (English) – click here

Ash Wednesday Mass 7:00pm – click here

Ash Wednesday Mass 8:30pm (Spanish) – click here