A Season of Preparation and Growth

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday may have come and gone this year, but watch these videos to help set the tone for the rest of your Lent! 

Our parishioners who have seen these videos have said that EVERYONE should see these! (a rousing endorsement!)


Fr. Mike, ascension presents: The Significance of Ash Wednesday

Biblically, ashes represent a low point or turning point in your life.  See how receiving ashes can be the moment when we realize, "There’s something wrong with my heart.  It’s not supposed to be like this".  We are called to be incredible.  Ashes in the shape of the cross mean that in the midst of our sin, Jesus still claims us as his own.  Check out this video by Fr. Mike Schmitz (7:49 minutes)


Fr. Mike, ascension presents: Why Fast On Ash Wednesday?

Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how fasting on Ash Wednesday can be the best way to give your heart to God and start with a proper disposition this season of Lent. (5:30 minutes)


Dr. Pitre, The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday

Dr. Brant Pitre gives insight into the Biblical foundation for Ash Wednesday, as well as the rationale and purpose of the season of Lent.
• Why do we use ashes?
• Why are we asked of the Church to increase our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving during Lent?
• Is Lent just about abstaining from a favorite food, or is there something more to it?        (35 minutes)


...And for the rest of Lent, here are some great resources that can rev up your spiritual journey!

Renew Your Spiritual Journey

Best Lent Ever

Lent Can Change Your Life

Lenten Reflections with Bishop Robert Barron


Additional Resources for Spiritual Growth