Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass for a near capacity crowd of more than a thousand faithful at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Feb. 10. Father Gerald Dennis Gill, rector and pastor of the cathedral parish, was the homilist.
Catholics in all 219 parishes across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attended Mass or a Liturgy of the Word and received blessed ashes on their foreheads, marked in the sign of a cross, reminding them to repent and believe in the Gospel as they began their journey through Lent this year.
Beginning next week, the cathedral parish will offer the sacrament of penance on Wednesday evenings in Lent beginning at 7 p.m. Many parishes throughout the archdiocese also will offer the opportunity for confessions on Wednesday evenings in Lent, in addition to regular times, such as on Saturdays. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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