UTSA Catholic Student Association hosts Ash Wednesday mass March 5

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(March 4, 2014) -- The UTSA Catholic Student Association, a registered student organization, will host an Ash Wednesday mass at noon, Wednesday, March 5 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The entire UTSA community is invited to the ceremony.

For the second year, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio will be the celebrant of the mass.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar, directly following Shrove Tuesday. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is called a "movable feast," which falls on a different date each year as early as Feb. 4 and as late as March 10.

It derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality and as a sign of mourning and repentance. The ashes typically are gathered from the burning of palm branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday. The practice has become popular in much of Christianity.

For more information, call 210-699-9495, email csa.membership@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/utsa.csa