Bishop Cunningham to Celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Most Reverend Bishop Robert Cunningham

Most Reverend Bishop Robert Cunningham

SYRACUSE, NY – Most Reverend Bishop Robert J. Cunningham will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass and distribute ashes at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 10) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church in Syracuse.

Most Reverend Bishop Robert Cunningham
Most Reverend Bishop Robert Cunningham

Mass will also be celebrated and ashes will be distributed at the Cathedral at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:10 p.m.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics across the world.

Lent is a time of prayer when faithful are called to fast, give alms, and rededicate themselves to the Scripture.

Catholics are also encouraged to attend confession and make reconciliation a significant part of their lives during the forty days of the Lenten season.

This year, Lent falls during a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

In his Lenten message for 2016, Pope Francis asked that faithful “live the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.”

Catholics are urged to enter the Cathedral through the Holy Door on Ash Wednesday.

A Holy Door was designated at the Cathedral in each diocese across the nation, and anyone who walks through this door during the Jubilee Year will “experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope,” according to Pope Francis.

The Holy Door at Cathedral is clearly marked and is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m.- noon and 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Parishes and other groups are invited to make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral and proceed through the Holy Door on Saturdays during Lent.

A tour of the historical Mother Church of the diocese will follow.

Those interested should contact Sister Maureen at the cathedral at 315-422-4177.

More information on the Holy Door is available by visiting

Additional Lenten resources are available by visiting