Can Ashes be imposed on a Persons forehead after the mass?

 I had asked this question to noted catholic apologist Michael Prabhu and read below his reply. Michael Prabhu is one of the few persons in India who has the guts to say what is right and this has not gone down well with a number of influential and moneyed persons.
We , pray for Micheal and his ministry as he is one of the few persons left in this field in India.
To: arcanjo sodder
Dear brother,
There appear to be two issues here:
1. Whether imposition of ashes must occur only during the Mass
2. Whether the imposition can be postponed to any other day
I think the answers are available at these Catholic sites:

The rite for the blessing and imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday follows the homily at Mass.,

This service is for Ash Wednesday. Where, because of particular circumstances, Ash Wednesday cannot be celebrated, this service may be used on/up to the First Sunday in Lent. 

About the postponement of the All Souls Day blessing of graves, I suggest that you consut a liturgist.
Glad to be at your service, Michael

On 2/23/2015 7:28 AM, arcanjo sodder wrote:

Hi Michael,

February,18th 2015 was Ash Wednesday.

In St.Michaels Church no ashes were imposed during the 7 and 8 am masses.Announcements were made that ashes would be imposed only after the 7.30 am and 8.30 nouvena got over which meant that parishioners who did not want to hear the nouvena were being forced to do so if they wanted ashes.

Throughout Mumbai, however ashes came to be imposed only during the mass.

A couple years ago All Souls Day came on a Wednesday on that day also the blessing of the graves was postponed to Thursday.The late Fr.Salvadore Rodrigues sent me a defamatory notice through a solicitor  for having spoken about this. However he did not  to file a case against me despite me telling one of the Church Advocates to please tell him to file the case against me as I would be given an opportunity to expose the truth.

My question is if one considers the imposition of Ashes and Blessing of graves as symbolic  and having no religious value.

Please let me know your views as and when you get time.



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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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