St Ann Of The Dunes

Vatican modifies distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday

The health situation caused by Covid-19 continues to force changes on daily life, which are also reflected in the Church's sphere.

Ahead of the beginning of Lent, on Wednesday, February 17, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a note detailing how Catholic priests are to distribute ashes.

After blessing the ashes and sprinkling them with holy water in silence, the priest addresses those present, reciting once the formula found in the Roman Missal:  "Repent, and believe in the Gospel"  or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

At that point, the note continues, the priest "cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask, and distributes ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places."

He then sprinkles the ashes on each person's head "without saying anything."

February 17, 2021 - Ash Wednesday Mass is schedule for 8:00 am. You will need to use the save a seat reservation system below to attend Mass.


In order to comply with current COVID-19 restrictions while allowing the faithful the opportunity to attend Mass, you must sign up through Save-A-Seat. To reserve a seat at St. Ann’s Mass, go to website-St. Patrick’s Church-Chesterton and scroll down to find the select button for St. Ann’s. Enter your first and last names, your email address, your phone number and the number of adults and children that would like to attend. Check the box that says you have read and understand the general release. Double check to make sure your information is accurate. Then click the “reserve seat” button. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you entered. Please make sure that you bring this confirmation email with you to Mass. If you do not have this confirmation, you cannot be admitted to Mass. A facemask is required.

If you have been sick over the last 14 days, have a fever or a cough, please stay at home. If symptoms occur, please cancel your reservation. Please be considerate for everyone’s safety.

St. Ann of the Dunes Parish Office Hours
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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