Archbishop O’Brien to Celebrate Ash Wednesday Masses at Cathedral and Basilica

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore will celebrate the following Ash Wednesday Masses on March 9, 2011:

The Baltimore Basilica, Cathedral Street, Downtown, 12:10 p.m.
The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles Street, 5:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period when the Catholic Church asks the faithful to give themselves to prayer and to the reading of the Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms, in an effort to sharpen their senses and focus mind and heart on the reign of God.

Easter is Sunday, April 24.

For the third consecutive year, the Archdiocese is promoting the sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as penance or confession, during Lent. All Catholic churches in the Archdiocese will make the sacrament available on Wednesdays (times are set by each parish) beginning Wednesday, March 16.

The campaign is called “The Light is on for You” and was first initiated in the Archdiocese of Washington. It utilizes a multi-media marketing campaign to encourage Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to reconnect with the sacrament during Lent.

For more information about “The Light is on for You,” contact a Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore or visit

Sean Caine

Sean Caine is Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Communications