Ash Wednesday 2018



A busy start to our Lenten observances at St Michael’s.


Ready to go: ash, prayer cards, stole.

It was an early start on Ash Wednesday morning for Fr Philip and  some members of St Michaels – they spent the first part of the morning at East Croydon Station offering prayer and imposition of ashes to commuters en route to work.

Ashes to Go has been a popular initiative in many parishes over the last few years. This was a first for us at St Michael’s, and we hope the first of many.

It was wonderful to be able to provide Christian witness in this way, particularly at East Croydon Station, which is one of the largest, busiest entities within our geographical parish.

During the 90 minutes we were at the station, 50 people received the imposition of ashes and we distributed 500 prayer cards.

Thank you to those who were able to take part, particularly to our friend Fr Robert Wright for agreeing to assist with the imposition of ashes.

That was only the beginning of the day on Ash Wednesday! By the end of the day three Masses had been celebrated as well as Stations of the Cross. It was extremely encouraging to welcome nearly 100 communicants over the course of the day, keen to make a good start to their Lenten observances. Stations continue each Wednesday and Friday during Lent at 11.45am, followed by the usual 12.30 Mass.

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