February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday Schedule and Information –
Services schedule: 8:00AM St. Mary - Jewett City
8:00AM Ss. Thomas & Anne – Voluntown
3:30PM St. Catherine – Preston
5:30PM St. Mary – Jewett City
7:00PM St. Catherine – Preston
7:00PM Ss. Thomas & Anne – Voluntown
Change in Method of Distribution of Ashes
The blessing and imposition of ashes should take place either in the context of Mass, or outside Mass. If outside Mass, the distribution is preceded by a liturgy of the Word.
By decree of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (Prot. N. 17/21) dated 12 January 2021, after blessing the ashes in the usual manner, the Priest pronounces either formula as it appears in the Roman Missal ONCE, applying it to all in general, cleanses his hands, puts on a facemask and SPRINKLES the ashes on top of the head of each person who approaches without saying anything. While this is a common practice in some countries, this form of distribution is not as well known in the US.