Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water.
While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call with repentant hearts. This mercy is of the utmost importance during the Season of Lent.
On Ash Wednesday children from Years 5 - 8 attended the Parish Mass at 9.15 am. Years 1 - 4 had a special Ash Wednesday in the hall after the Mass.
|Father Wayne is explaining the meaning of the Ashes before blessing them.|
|The staff are receiving their Ashes.|
|Children receiving their Ashes from Mrs Marsh.|
|Children from Year 4 receiving their Ashes from Mrs Dooley.|
|Year 4 children lead our special Liturgy with prayers, singing and the Gospel.|
|Some of our wonderful Year 4 singers.|
|Year 4 did a wonderful job of leading us in our special 'Ash Wednesday' Liturgy. |
We are all so very proud of you.