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Ashes to Go: Where to Find Them

Local priests and pastors will bring Ash Wednesday to the streets.

Can't make it into church on Ash Wednesday?

Try Ashes to Go. 

Organizers say the program, now in its third year locally, is an "amazingly powerful ministry" that brings the spirituality of Ash Wednesday to the streets. 

It's the brainchild of The Rev. Emily Mellott, rector of Lombard's Calvary Episcopal Church, who started the ministry a few years back. The Rev. Shawn M. Schreiner, of Grace Episcopal in Oak Park, is once again brining the concept back to the area. 

"People are searching for the Spiritual and this happens to be a symbol that so many people yearn for," Schreiner said. "Jesus was always going to the people and so will area pastors and lay members."

Check the map above to find out times and places where priests, pastors and congregations will be administering the blessings. Here's who is participating locally:

The Rev. Kathy Nolte, Good Shepherd Lutheran in River Forest
The Rev. Julie Ruth Harley,  First United in Oak Park
The Rev. Parish Coffey, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Oak Park)
The Rev. Pete Campbell, Christ Church in River Forest
The Rev. Shawn Schreiner, Grace Episcopal in Oak Park
The Rev. Kelly Faulstich, Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest

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