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February 7, 2013


Catholics throughout the Philadelphia region mark the beginning of Lent

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant for the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Catholics in 252 parishes across the Archdiocese will attend Mass or a Liturgy of the Word and receive ashes on their foreheads which are marked in the sign of a cross to remind them of their mortality and the need for God's grace as Lent 2013 begins with Ash Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is the 40-day penitential season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday in preparation for Easter.

Beginning next week, parishes throughout the five-county Archdiocese will offer the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation each Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the duration of the Lenten Season.

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as a minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.


Editor's Note: For Ash Wednesday Mass in the Cathedral an audio and video mult-box feed will be provided. Crews will need a bnc connector and recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications

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