Ashes to Go in Monroe County

"The church isn't supposed to be hidden behind church walls".

"Why don't we say a prayer for one another?" The Rev. Lisa Lyon traced the symbol of the cross on their foreheads while her husband explained the message behind the ashes and prayed.

People too busy to stop in their places of worship to get a symbolic cross of ashes, had a place in the Triangle to turn to.

St. Mary of the Nativity Catholic Church is one of many churches in Salinas where Catholics had the opportunity to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Ashes will be available in the driveway in front fo the church from 7 a.m.to 9 a.m., 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.to 6 p.m.

Lynch has been the pastor at the church for four years.

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is considered a holy day of fasting and abstinence, and Roman Catholic leaders have said that the rules still apply. Catholics and many Protestants use ashes.

"We're starting by thinking about what it is we can turn away from and how we can change", Andrade said.

"It's very important for the church to meet people where they are and to let them find God in a way that works for them in a time and in a space that works for them", explained Rev. Vicki Zust, the rector for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Clarence.

These roadside ashes have been distributed by a group of St. Louis clergy on the corner of Arsenal Street and Grand Boulevard near Tower Grove Park every Ash Wednesday for the past 12 years. While desserts and alcohol are typically avoided on Ash Wednesday, Valka says "it's really about the intentions behind the observance".

"We were at the Mt. Lebanon T station earlier", said Erin Morley, the cathedral's director of communications. "God loves us so much".

Ashes will be distributed throughout the day at Christian churches all over our area.

Callendar falls under the group that was raised in church and continues to attend through college, she said.

"It was pretty steady", he said of the visitors. "We see standing room only in the last two services". This year, it was about 50-50. "Ash Wednesday means we are to be reminded that we are created by God out of love from dust, and at the end of our life, we will return to God, who loves us, in dust". Molly Subranni, 96, still walks to church and is steady in her faith.

"It's a wonderful ministry of presence", Archer said.

  • Arturo Norris


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