FEBRUARY 19, 2023

Season of Lent 2023

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd.
Lent is a 40 day solemn season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins in the Universal Church on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday (April 6th).
Catholics use this time as a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.
The name “Lent” is derived from the Middle English “Lencten” meaning spring; it’s more primitive ecclesiastical name was “forty days”.

On Ash Wednesday we are marked with blessed ashes (burnt palm branches), and it is a reminder of our mortality and the seriousness of the Lenten pilgrimage we are about to begin.
We are to refocus on spiritual matters, to deepen one’s faith and ponder our final destiny. Lent gives us an opportunity to cultivate a spirit of generosity and the call of the Gospel to provide for, and assist our neighbour.

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, everyone of age 14 and up must abstain from consuming meat, and everyone of age 18 to 59 must fast.

At Ascension Parish, we will celebrate 2 masses on Ash Wednesday with the distribution of ashes: 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
During the season of Lent we refrain from singing “Alleluia”, and the “Gloria” is not sung until Easter.

February 12, 2023

Income Tax Receipts

For those who make their contribution  to the parish  using the envelope system, your Income Tax receipts for 2022 are ready and are placed at the back of the Church in alphabetical order.

January 8, 2023

2023 Envelope Boxes

For those parishioners who use the Envelope Box system for your contribution, the new boxes for 2023 are now ready, and have been placed at the back of the Church in alphabetical order.
Remember to pick them up.

Anyone who wishes to have a box, please speak with the priest, and he will gladly give you a new box and number. At the end of the year your contribution will be tallied and you will receive an Income Tax receipt.

Food Bank Donation

We have a new tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a more continuous basis. Over 860,000 Canadians visit food banks every month, with over 36% of the donations feeding hungry children.

See a list of suggestions for nutritious non-perishable items HERE >>>.