…Ash Wednesday. This coming Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Valentine’s Day) is the beginning of our Lenten Journey. We will have two Masses to celebrate the beginning of this journey – Mass will be held at 12 noon and 6 p.m. Catholics and some Protestants celebrate Ash Wednesday. The name “Ash Wednesday” comes from the blessed ashes that are applied to the foreheads of the faithful. We receive them as a sign of the beginning of the season of Lent, the season of penance and preparation for Easter. Being marked with ashes is a public acknowledgement that one is a sinner, but from ashes, new life is possible.