For the first time, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will celebrate a special Ash Wednesday Mass in the chapel on February 14 at 3 p.m. Father Nick Hussain will lead the service. The public is invited to attend, and all walks of faith are welcome.

For Christians, the first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday, and it is also a time of reflection and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday. Clergy dispense ashes which are made by the burning of palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

Clergy uses the ash to make the sign of the cross forehead of the kneeling parishioner before them. As this sign is made, the pastor or priest reminds the Christian “For dust you are and dust you shall return” from Genesis 3:19.

The ashes are a plea to God for mercy, compassion, pardon and forgiveness. Coming forward to receive the ashes is an admission as a sinner, the Christian wants to use the season of Lent to correct their faults, purify their hearts, control their desires and grow in holiness so that they may celebrate Easter with great joy.
After Mass, Father Nick will also visit the patients of HSHS Good Shepherd and dispense ashes to those wishing to partake. 

About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital,

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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