Ash Wednesday Mass Times

Published on February 13, 2024

Naas Parish Church, Sallins Rd : 7.30am & 10.00am
Sallins Parish Church: 10.00am
Two Mile House Church: 9.30am
Ballycane Church: 7pm

Ashes will be blessed and distributed at all Masses. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence.

Ash Wednesday begins our Lenten journey. Two things are specific to this day:

  • Fast and Abstinence, which means we do not eat meat and those who are aged between twelve and sixty are called to limit food to two small meals and one main meal. This allows us to discipline ourselves in what we eat and how we treat the gift of food.
  • Ashes mark our forehead, in a gesture of beginning with what has been described as “ the deadest of all dead things.” These ashes come from last year’s palm branches. They have served their last purposes. In the Gospel, the tree of the Cross is a sign of both death and life. It begins with the poignancy of death and moves to a new appreciation of the gift of life. In these days, we choose to leave aside that which leads to death and hurt and to choose again the path that leads from death to Life.

Enjoy the freshness of this spectacular spring! Let a real sense of joy in simplicity and new life be part of your Lenten journey. Move from death to life in these forty days!