Last year the pandemic meant Catholics had to celebrate the occasion at home.
The traditional spreading of ashes on the forehead returns today, Ash Wednesday.
Last year, the pandemic meant Catholics had to celebrate the occasion at home or through online services.
The annual holy day marks the beginning of Lent, and is celebrated through prayer and fasting.
Archbishop of Dublin, Westmeath man Dermot Farrell says it's hugely important:
Catholics are being urged to consider more imaginative ways of embracing Lent this year.
Fr. Paddy Byrne, who's parish priest of Abbeyleix and the surrounding areas, says it's less about giving up things, but instead taking an opportunity to self-evaluate our lives.
He suggests a digital detox or committing to a few minutes out from life each day can help us find our meaning and purpose in life: