Ash Wednesday Masses in Ventura County

VENTURA COUNTY – Wednesday, 22 February 2023, is “the day of ashes and the beginning of the most holy fast of Lent” (The Roman Martyrology), when blessed ashes are imposed on the faithful “as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting, and human mortality” (Bishop Peter J. Elliott, Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year (2002), n. 88).

Lent “extends for a period of forty days, exclusive of Sundays, since fasting never occurs on the Lord’s Day. The period of forty days was established from our Lord’s example” (Rev. Jovian P. Lang, OFM, Dictionary of the Liturgy (1989), p. 317; cf. Matthew 4:2, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2).

“In these forty days, Mother Church vests herself simply in violet. Her sacred halls are bare, and much of her gracious music is muted. Flowers at her altars and shrines are set aside, and, at the end of the season, the lamps will be extinguished, the bells will fall silent and her altars will be stripped. But this is her true springtime, when her children grow in grace, in ways often imperceptible, subtle and varied. Lent thus reminds us that the great graces are given by God, not when our senses perceive them or when our hearts are full of consolations, but in the silence and the stillness of ‘the night’”.

~ Bishop Peter J. Elliott, Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year (2002), n. 89

Mass with the Distribution of Ashes will be celebrated at the following times and locations in Ventura County and will be updated accordingly. All Masses are in English unless otherwise noted.


MORNING

5am – Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore (Distribution of Ashes in Spanish; no Mass)

5:30am – Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura (Liturgy of the Word with the Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

6:30am – Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura

6:30am – Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore

7:30am – Mission Basilica San Buenaventura in Ventura

8am – Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura

8am – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard

8am – Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village

8am – Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo

9am – Mission Basilica San Buenaventura in Ventura (Holy Cross School Mass)

9am – Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ojai

9am – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard (Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

10am – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard (Spanish)


AFTERNOON

12pm – Mission Basilica San Buenaventura in Ventura (Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

12pm – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard (Distribution of Ashes in Spanish; no Mass)

12pm – Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village (Liturgy of the Word & Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

12pm – Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore (Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

12pm – Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo

12pm until 12:30pm – Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura (Drive-Thru Distribution of Ashes in front of mission basilica).

3pm – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard (Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

4pm Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ojai

4pm – Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village (Liturgy of the Word & Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)


EVENING

5pm – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard

5:30pm – Mission Basilica San Buenaventura in Ventura

5:30pm – Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura

6pm – Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore (Distribution of Ashes; no Mass)

6:30pm – Mission Basilica San Buenaventura in Ventura (Spanish; O’Brien Hall)

6:30pm – Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ojai

7pm – Mary, Star of the Sea in Oxnard (Spanish)

7pm Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village

7pm – Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo

7pm – Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore (Distribution of Ashes in Spanish; no Mass)

7:15pm – Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura (Spanish)

7:30pm – Mission Basilica San Buenaventura in Ventura (Liturgy of the Word in Spanish with Distribution of Ashes in O’Brien Hall)


Nota bene: This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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