And I tell you, you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
~ Matthew 16:18-19 (NRSV)
St. Peter the Apostle
551 N. Rush Street | Itasca, Illinois 60143
Wed, Mar 02|
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Ash Wednesday 2022
Day of Fast and Abstinence Mass with Distribution of Ashes | 8:00am • 5:00pm • 6:30pm Prayer Service with Distribution of Ashes | 12:05pm
Time & Location
Mar 02, 2022, 12:00 AM – 5:29 PM CST
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 551 N Rush St, Itasca, IL 60143, USA
About the Event
Ashes will be imposed on the forehead this year.
Ashes, as a Jewish sign of penitence, were accepted by Christians. They are derived from burning palms from the previous year.
This outward symbol of private or public sorrow, sadness, or penance, is a proof of humility, a remembrance of our mortality, that we are made of dust and will return to dust. The custom of imposing ashes, is a symbolic act signifying human mortality and total human dependence on the graciousness and mercy of God.
From the Congregation of Divine Worship (1988):
“On the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent, the faithful receive the ashes, thus entering into the time established for the purification of their souls. This sign of penance, a traditionally biblical one, has been preserved among the Church’s customs until the present day. It signifies the human condition of the sinner, who seeks to express his guilt before the Lord in an exterior manner, and by so doing express his interior conversion, led on by the confident hope that the Lord will be merciful. This same sign marks the beginning of the way of conversion, which is developed through the celebration of the sacraments of penance during the days before Easter.”