ASH WEDNESDAY, February 17: COVID Protocols
Mass Times: 8am, 12noon, 6pm, 8pm(Spanish)
The protocols of the Diocese of San Angelo state: “In 2021, because of the risk of spreading disease during the coronavirus pandemic, the minister is not to touch the recipient, and ashes are not to be smeared by the thumb on the forehead.” Instead, ashes will be sprinkled on the top of each person’s head by the minister, following the ancient practice used in Rome.
In the Masses in St. Ann’s Church on Ash Wednesday, ashes will be sprinkled by the minister on the top of each recipient’s head.
St. Ann’s School students will process through the Commons during the school day to receive blessed ashes in the church facility, but will not attend Mass. Ashes will be sprinkled by the minister
on the top of each student’s head.
Both in Masses and in the school service, if a person does not want to receive the ashes on the head, the person should not come up in the line.
- Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation to attend Mass. Attending Mass in person is a good way spiritually to begin Lent, but is not required. Masses will be live-streamed. Masses on Ash Wednesday will be at 8:00am, 12:00 noon and 6:00pm in English, as well as 8:00pm in Spanish.
- The wearing of ashes, while customary and laudable, is not an obligation of the faithful. No ashes will be smeared on the forehead. If people do not want ashes sprinkled on the top of their head, they should not approach the ministers distributing the ashes.
- Masks must be worn by everyone, including the ministers, during the time in church and the distribution of ashes.
- Anyone feeling ill should not come to church.
- Masses will follow the usual social distancing plans.
- Ashes are always given by a minister. It is not acceptable to leave a container of ashes in a public area for people to impose ashes on themselves.