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'Ashes to Go' offered at Geneva train station Feb. 14

St. Charles Episcopal Church to offer ashes to all denominations, religions

The Rev. Stacy Walker of St. Charles Episcopal Church makes a sign of the cross in ashes on the forehead of a Geneva commuter on March 1, 2017. The church's clergy and parishioners will again offer 'Ashes to Go' from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Geneva Metra Station, 328 Crescent Place, Geneva.
The Rev. Stacy Walker of St. Charles Episcopal Church makes a sign of the cross in ashes on the forehead of a Geneva commuter on March 1, 2017. The church's clergy and parishioners will again offer 'Ashes to Go' from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Geneva Metra Station, 328 Crescent Place, Geneva.

GENEVA – Commuters will be able to receive ashes from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Geneva Metra Station, 328 Crescent Place, Geneva, the St. Charles Episcopal Church announced in a news release.

Clergy and parishioners will be at the train station during the morning rush as part of "Ashes to Go."

Those wishing to participate will receive a sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead and a brief prayer. All are welcome to receive ashes, no matter their denomination or religion, the release stated.

Also on Feb. 14, the church is also offering Drive-Thru Ashes from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at 994 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles.

In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent, a time of reflection and fasting leading up to Easter.

During this time, Christians around the world are encouraged to reflect on their spiritual journeys, their relationships and on their own mortality, the release stated.

On Ash Wednesday, many Christians go to church and receive ashes on their foreheads as a sign of their mortality. But for many, making it to church on Ash Wednesday just doesn’t happen for a number of reasons – from inconvenience to indifference.

So the people of St. Charles Episcopal Church will go out and meet people where they are – both literally and figuratively, the release stated.

More information is available by calling 630-584-2596 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

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