Ashes To Go

Three Trumbull Episcopalian churches brought Ash Wednesday to Trumbull Center Shopping Plaza customers.

For the first time, three of Trumbull's Episcopalian churches combined to move Ash Wednesday outside of the church.

Marking the first day of Lent, about 100 people received ashes on their forehead while standing outside of Starbucks. Easter follows 40 days after Lent.

But it doesn't replace mass, said the Rev. Elsa Worth, priest in charge of Grace Church.

The Rev. Ellen Kennedy, of Trinity Church and the Rev. Louise Kalemkerian of Christ Episcopal Church Tashua joined Worth applying the ashes as traffic whooshed by on White Plains Road.

"Why didn't anybody think of this 40 years ago?" asked Joseph Whyte of Bridgeport.

Charlotte Ready, 17, of Trumbull, received the ashes after dropping a friend off at work. She is a senior at Lauralton Hall in Milford.

Barbara February 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
i think it very much on Christain like to stand on the street corner giving out ashes, I belong to a Episcopal church in New York State, but now after seeing how the faith is being run today I no long go to any Episcopal Church and now seeing what the churchs here in Conn. are doing I will not go to only the faith my hubsand goes too. Ash Wednesday is not only getting Ashes on your head it is about preparing for Easter and risen of our lord.
Barbara February 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I think it was very much disguessing to have two Episcopal clergy person to be staqnding on the street corner giving out ashes. I belong to na Episcopal church in New York state and now seeing what the clergy in Conn. are doing I will not go any Episcopal Church in this state. The only church I go to is my husband faith. Ash Wednesday is not only getting Ashes on your head it it about going to church and preparing for the risen of our Lord.
MaryAnn February 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I think it was a grand idea. Kudos to the clergy for doing this. Remember God is Everywhere!!!! Peace and Love.
Molly Pellegrino February 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Barbara - I think that you are completely off base with your remarks. Unfortunately, in today's society, churches of all faiths are experiencing low turnout from parishoners, whether it is an average Sunday or a Holy Day such as Ash Wednesday. There are many reasons, and one of the top reasons you hear is that people are "just too busy" to take a few hours out of their day. This doesn't mean that people have stopped being religious, they have just stopped taking the time. The "Ashes to Go" program was started a few years ago in St. Louis, and had such a great response that other churches across the country have decided to give it a try. That is what happened here in Trumbull this week - the three Episcopal priests got together to see how it would go. They ended up with a much higher turnout that expected - and it wasn't just Episcopalians who received their ashes! If, by doing community outreach activities such as this, even just one person makes the change in their life to start physically attending church then isn't that a good thing? Even if they don't, is it not a good thing in general that people are acknowledging the start of the Easter season by getting ashes at all? Please try to see the good in this - if you are truly willing to suddenly not go to any Episcopal Churches in CT based on this, then you sadly are missing out on the bigger picture.
celtictee February 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The original church was not in a building - this is what "Ashes to Go" is about. I think people greatly enjoyed participating in this event as it "brought religion to the people." Churches need to evolve, just as people do, and adapt to our changing world. Personally, I think this was a fantastic idea.


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