Church holds Ash Wednesday event for those on the go

By Shenandoah Briere | Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: Shenandoah Briere Larry Reid stopped by the Big Value to get ashes for lent.

It was a bit chilly, but the sun was shining as people made their way to Big Value on Dartmouth Street to receive their ashes from pastor Scott Ciosek of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church.

The church was holding its annual event called Ashes to Go - an opportunity for one to get ashes on the first day of Lent when they can’t make the church services. The church has been doing Ashes to Go for four years.

Lent is a 40-day period until Easter when people find spiritual renewal, according to Ciosek.

Before the pastor arrived at 3:30 p.m. a line of about 20 people had already formed with Larry Reed leading the way. He said it’s a great event because “it’s hard to attend church during regular work hours.”

Stacey Kruger also got ashes and said this makes it easier for everyone.

“There’s really no excuse not to get them,” Kruger said.

She noted that she isn’t sure what she is giving up for lent but it will be big.

Other residents, like Alice Pavao, was quick to say she’s giving up ice cream and sweet rice, while Donna Perry said she’s no longer eating pork.

Ciosek said not everyone follows giving up something for lent, but rather it depends on the religion and person. For lent Ciosek always starts by asking himself how he can be more like Jesus.

Ciosek said he’s never known of anyone who has gotten closer to God because they gave up chocolate.

“It’s not about giving things up but it’s about doing more,” Ciosek said. “If we give anything up it should be hatred and complacency and indifference and not giving up chocolate or Dunkin Donuts coffee. I don’t think it helps people to go to a deeper spiritual place."

The church will be holding their Eucharist service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and are also beginning a book club where the first book read will be “Show Me the Way” by Henri Nouwen.

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