'Ashes to go' hits the Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS - Life moves fast. And sometimes there's no time, even for the rituals of Ash Wednesday.

"It's important to share in a church community," said Barb Bloom of House of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Minneapolis. "But not everyone has that."

That's why there's "Ashes To Go," an Ash Wednesday event where church leaders from all denominations offer prayers and a sign of the cross to anyone they meet. They most want to reach people who are unable to attend church services.

"We want to go where people are and we want to meet them where they're at, and we feel like everyone who wants this should be able to have it," said Father Shay Kearns. "So if that means we go stand on the street corner and offer it, that's what we're going to do."

For two hours Wednesday, Kearns and Bloom walked through downtown Minneapolis. From street corners to skyways, they blessed those who might otherwise miss out.

"Remember you're dust and to dust you shall return," they told passersby as they marked their foreheads with ashes.

"It's especially for folks that work really long hours, that work in the service industry, that can't get to church," Kearns said. "People need things fast, and this is just a part of that."


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