2012-02-22 / Front Page / Community

Ashes to Ashes

Cold Spring Catholics observe Ash Wednesday
By CATHERINE GARNSEY

Families gather in front of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring on Ash Wednesday.Catherine GarnseyFamilies gather in front of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring on Ash Wednesday.Catherine Garnsey The faithful gathered at Our Lady of Loretto Church on Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday, to begin the penitential season of Lent and to receive the sign of the cross in blessed ashes on their foreheads.

Fr. Brian T. McSweeney, Pastor, and Assistant Pastor Fr. Gabriel Awuafor presided at three separate liturgies throughout the day with hundreds of parishioners attending.

The words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” spoken by the priest during the ritual, are vivid reminders of our mortality and the need to prepare for eternal life. The Church calls on all the faithful to practice the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for the Easter which will be celebrated on April 8 this year.

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