During this time of the pandemic, the distribution of ashes will be carried out differently.
After the ashes have been blessed by the priest, the formula for the distribution (Repent… /Remember…) is said once from the sanctuary as a general pronouncement to the gathered congregation and one general response (“Amen”) is to be made by all. The ashes will be distributed by sprinkling on the head of each one without saying anything. There will be no tracing of the cross on the forehead.
Similar to the distribution of Holy Communion, all who intend to receive the ashes are required to wear a mask, even those who claim mask exemption due to health conditions. Face shields alone are not considered masks. Ashes will only be distributed on Ash Wednesday.