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Ash Wednesday 1st March 2017
9:15 am Mass with imposition of ashes 
7:30 pm Mass with imposition of ashes 

Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast is 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays). During Lent, participants eat sparingly or give up a particular food or a habit. e.g. give up smoking, watching television, eating sweets or chocolate. It’s six weeks of self-discipline and is intended to focus the mind. 

Stations of the Cross – 7:30 pm each Friday in Lent 
Friday 12th February - Friday 18th March - St. Matthew’s 

Holy Week

Palm Sunday 9th April 2017
8:00 am Mass 
9:30 am Blessing, procession of palms and sung mass 
Palm Sunday marks the start of “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth. It is the day Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem. He was celebrated by the people by the waving of palm leaves. 

Monday 10th April 2017 
7:30 pm Mass and address 

Tuesday 11th April 2017
9:30 am Mass and address 

Wednesday 12th April 2017 
9:15 am and 7:30 pm Mass and address 

Maundy Thursday 13th April 2017 
8:00 pm Mass and address 
Maundy Thursday is celebrated on the Thursday of Passion Week, the day before Good Friday. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, also known as the Last Supper, thereby instituting the Lord’s Supper, also called Holy Communion. 

Good Friday 14th April 2017 
3:00 pm Mass and address 
Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Traditionally it is celebrated as the day of Jesus' crucifixion. 

Holy Saturday 15th April 2017 
8:00 pm Easter Vigil and First mass of Easter 

Easter Day 16th April 2017
8:00 am Mass with short homily 
10:00 am Easter Day Parish Sung Mass 
Easter Sunday traditionally celebrates the day of Jesus's resurrection and attention into Heaven. 
The tradition of Easter eggs (both chocolate and decorated) which are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime, is a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth that predates Christianity. 
This celebration was aligned to Easter Sunday by the Christian Church in order to symbolize a new Church and a new beginning.