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Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but is a day of fasting and abstinence.  This means that we do not eat meat and we have only one full meal.

Mass times below are for Ash Wednesday, March 1. If your church is not listed, contact your church parish office for Mass times.

6:30 a.m. -- Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria
6:30 a.m. -- Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
6:30 a.m. -- St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie
6:30 a.m. -- St. Joseph Church, Marksville
6:30 a.m. -- St. Mary's Assumption Church, Cottonport

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald P. Herzog from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Alexandria.

Bishop David P. Talley, who, up until now was the coadjutor bishop, will succeed him as the 12th bishop of Alexandria.

The appointment was made Feb. 2 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:05 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to give thanks to God for the episcopal ministry of Bishop Herzog.