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The time of Lent begins on the next Wednesday 2nd of March, which is the Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of our conversion and preparation for Easter. The best way of our spiritual renewal is to receive sacraments of confession and Eucharist, prayer, fast and charity work.

Pope Francis invited everyone to make 2nd of March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace in Ukraine. “I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war,” he said.

Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means partaking of only one full meal and of two light meals. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. There will be Holy Mass in Finnish on the Ash Wednesday at 8 am and at 6 pm. The Mass at 6 pm will be recorded by the television and broadcasted on the following Sunday at 10 am.

We will raise fund during the Lent to help the poor.

We will celebrate the Stations of the Cross in English on Sundays at 5.30 pm.

There will be an adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the next Saturday at 3.30 pm as the continuation of the “Encounter with Jesus” program.

There will be Mass in Espoo, in Olari chapel on the next Sunday 6.3 at 4 pm.

There is an Easter bazaar organised today in the parish hall by the nuns from Belarus. All income is meant to support sisters’ charity work.

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