A crucifix hangs from the mission wall near candles in the back of the church.
A crucifix hangs from the wall of Mission San Diego de Alcalá . Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego-area Catholics will mark the arrival of Lent this year on Wednesday, with masses and prayer services at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and historic Mission San Diego de Alcalá.

The faithful will have ashes applied to their foreheads in the sign of the cross as the priest admonishes them to “turn from sin and live the Gospel.”

Lent is the 40-day period of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Masses at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 1535 Third Avenue in downtown San Diego, are at 11 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.

At Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the masses are at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in St. Francis Chapel, and 6:30 p.m. in the Mission Church.

Students at San Diego State University can attend mass at 12:05 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Newman Center, 5855 Hardy Avenue.

The schedule at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1770 Kearney Avenue, is for masses at noon, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the distribution of ashes at 9 p.m.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.