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ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLICS PREPARE FOR BEGINNING OF LENT
Liturgical Events Planned at Parishes Across Cook and Lake Counties

Chicago, IL (February 16, 2007)-Roman Catholics begin the 40-day season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 21 by accepting a cruciform of ashes on their foreheads signifying the need for repentance and conversion. Lent ends with the beginning of the Easter Triduum at the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 5.

During this period, numerous liturgical events are scheduled at schools, churches and shrines throughout the Archdiocese, including the following scheduled for the first week of Lent:


Shrove Tuesday, February 20

  • Palm branches from last year’s Passion Sunday celebrations will be burnt at an 11 a.m. courtyard prayer service at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets, Chicago. The ashes are symbols of penance and reconciliation, and will be blessed and applied to the foreheads of Catholics the following day, Ash Wednesday. Deacon Michael McCloskey will preside at this prayer service that will include students from the parish’s Frances Xavier Warde School as well as Holy Name parishioners. The courtyard is located on the north side of the Cathedral, and is accessible via State Street.

Ash Wednesday, February 21

  • Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at the 12:10 Ash Wednesday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets, Chicago. The Cardinal will bless ashes and preside over their distribution to those attending. Ashes will be distributed at all Cathedral Masses that day, specifically: 6, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. and 12:10 and 5:15 p.m. Ashes will also be distributed during the 10 and 11 a.m. and 2, 3, 4 and 7 p.m. prayer services.

    At 5 p.m., Cardinal George will concelebrate the annual student/faculty Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Fr. Patrick Marshall, at the John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 700 S. Morgan St., Chicago. A soup supper and reception immediately follow the liturgy.
  • Priests at the Archdiocese’s 366 parishes in Cook and Lake counties will bless and distribute ashes at liturgical services planned throughout the day. For specific parish information, go to www.archchicago.org and click on PARISHES.

Wednesday, February 28

  • At 12 p.m. the Catholic Campaign of Immigration Reform will hold its 2nd Annual Lenten Rosary of Hope at the Chicago Federal Complex outdoor plaza, Dearborn and Adams streets. Members of the Priests for Justice for Immigrants will recite the Rosary and participation by those in attendance is encouraged. These Lenten Rosaries of Hope will continue at noon every Wednesday in Lent, specifically: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4.

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