Catholic churches in the Central Business District of New Orleans will celebrate Ash Wednesday, March 5, and Lenten Masses as follows:
St. Louis Cathedral will offer Masses at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, with ashes distributed at all Masses following the homily. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond will preside at the noon Mass.
Sunday Masses during Lent will be the 5 p.m. vigil on Saturdays and on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses also will be celebrated Monday through Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and noon. The sacrament of reconciliation will be heard Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and on Saturday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays after the noon Mass.
Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Baronne St., Masses on Ash Wednesday will be at 7:30 a.m., noon, 4:15 and 5:30 p.m., with confessions heard 30 minutes before each of the four scheduled Masses. Ashes will be distributed at each Mass. Masses Monday through Friday during Lent will be at 7:30 a.m. and noon. Weekend schedule as usual (4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; and 7:30 p.m.) Way of the Cross will follow the noon Mass on Fridays. Confessions will be heard Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:50 a.m., Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:50 p.m., and Sundays from 7 to 7:25 p.m.
Due to Mardi Gras festivities, the Mass/confession schedule has been modified as follows: March 1, no confessions or 4 p.m. Mass; March 2, no confessions or 7:30 p.m. Mass; March 3, 7:30 a.m. Mass but no confessions or noon Mass; and March 4, church closed.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 411 N. Rampart St., will offer Masses on Ash Wednesday at 7 a.m., noon, 4 and 6 p.m., with distribution of ashes at each Mass. Daily Masses during Lent will be Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and noon, and Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Weekend Masses are Saturday vigil Mass at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 6 p.m. Confessions will be heard each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Way of the Cross will be recited on Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
St. John the Baptist Church, 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., will have its vigil Mass on Saturdays at 4 p.m. On the third Saturday of the months during Lent, the Cenacle gathering will be held from 9-11 a.m. with recitation of the rosary, Stations of the Cross and Mass.
St. Patrick Church, 724 Camp St., will have Masses on Ash Wednesday with distribution of ashes at 11 and 11:45 a.m., and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., with confessions before all Masses. During Lent, weekday Masses will be at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Confessions will be heard from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave.: Ash Wednesday Masses at 12:15 and 7:30 p.m., with distribution of ashes. Lenten Masses: Monday-Friday at 12:15 p.m. Sunday Masses are celebrated at 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.