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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Ash Wednesday & Indoor Masses

The Lenten Season Begins – Wednesday, February 17th. Here is our schedule for Ash Wednesday Masses and Distribution of Ashes:

6:30 – 7:30 am St. Charles – Service to be determined. Please check St. Charles website for updates.

10:00 – 11:00 am St. Matthias – Drive-in Distribution of Ashes. Parishioners are invited to drive into the Church parking lot. Please park, and walk over to the tent for your ashes and Lenten reflection materials to take home.

11:15 am St. Charles – School Mass – Live-streamed only, not open to the public. Access the live-stream on Facebook. 

5:00 pm St. Charles – Outdoor Mass – Open to the public and live-streamed.

7:00 pm St. Matthias – Mass in Church. Open to the public and live-streamed to our YouTube channel, Live Streams from St. Matthias in Redwood City.


A traditional devotion during Lent Starting on Ash Wednesday is Stations of the Cross. Stations will be installed on the exterior of the Church building for personal prayer. Prayers will be posted. You are welcome to come by at any time and pray this devotion as individuals or with your family.

On Friday, Feb 5th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the State of California to prohibit indoor worship. As a result, the State has made a change to it’s monitoring system allowing indoor worship in the purple tier, at 25% of a buildings’ capacity. This means that St. Matthias will resume the Saturday 5:00 pm Mass inside the Church starting on Saturday, February 13th. All the previous COVID protocols will be in place, i.e. check-in attendance for contact tracing, assigned seating for parishioners to maintain at least 6ft distance between households, mandatory masks, hand sanitizer, open windows and doors for air flow, and sanitizing of seating areas at the end of Mass.

We will also continue to celebrate the Sunday 9:45 am Mass outdoors. As a reminder, when you arrive to Mass, please check in with one of our Greeters who are conveniently positioned near small tables with the bulletins, and baskets for the collection. Even for outside Masses, we are keeping track of attendance for contact tracing purposes.

If you are planning to attend Mass for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, please complete an Informed Consent Form. You can fill this out and bring it with you, or acquire one from one of our greeters upon arrival.

Archbishop Cordileone issued the following statement to the priests of the Archdiocese, click here to read more.