Archbishop to mark Ash Wednesday with Mass at downtown church

Feb 13, 2018
To mark the local Catholic Church’s observance of Ash Wednesday, which this year is on February 14, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will be the celebrant and homilist at the 12:15 p.m. Mass at St. Aloysius Church, 1234 Washington Boulevard (1½ blocks north of Michigan Avenue) in downtown Detroit. For Catholics, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a liturgical season of forty weekdays of prayer and penance in preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday Mass


February 14 at 12:15 PM


St. Aloysius 

1234 Washington Blvd,

Detroit, MI 48226


Holly Fournier | 313-237-5802 |

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Following his homily at the Mass, Archbishop Vigneron will bless and distribute ashes. The ashes are made from the palms used in last year’s Passion (Palm) Sunday liturgy. They are a symbol of penance and are used to mark foreheads with the Sign of the Cross.

In addition, official archdiocesan newspaper The Michigan Catholic is launching its second annual #LiveYourBestLent campaign, calling on Metro Detroiters to share their plans to fill this year’s Lent with acts of love. In a rare quirk of the calendar, Lent and love collide this year when the holy season begins on St. Valentine’s Day. This last occurred in 1945.

“St. Valentine was a Catholic priest and martyr for our faith, who was known for his kind heart and generosity,” Vigneron said. “He faithfully followed Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves. Let’s join together in the spirit of St. Valentine and begin this holy season of Lent with love in our hearts as we practice the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.”

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Reporters, photographers and videographers are invited to cover Mass. To preserve the dignity of the service, we ask that camera operators refrain from using flashes, or any form of artificial lighting; and that special care be taken not to impede processions for ashes or communion. Thank you in advance for heeding any instructions you may receive from the staff at St. Aloysius Church.