Flexible Ash Wednesday options in CT
Do you want to get ashes on Wednesday but don’t have the time to commit to a full mass to get them?
Many churches in Connecticut are offering other flexible options for this Ash Wednesday.
In Stratford, Peter Adamski — the paster of Saint James Roman Catholic Church — was at the Stratford train station platform from 4:30 a.m. to around 7:30 a.m. to distribute ashes to commuters.
He also offered out his cellphone number to commuters passing through who don’t take the train so he could run down and give them ashes as well.
Adamski celebrated an 8 a.m. mass at St. James and distributed ashes after. After the morning mass, he went to the Stratford police station, fire houses and EMT location to distribute ashes to those who wanted them.
There will be a 6 p.m. mass with ashes at St. James as well.
Great Hill United Methodist Church at 225 Great Hill Road in Seymour offered drive-thru ashes in the church parking lot from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. They will also be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Matthew Church at 216 Scribner Ave. in Norwalk offers ashes throughout the day, as well as masses with ashes. The church also offered ashes on-the-move with a bus schedule Wednesday morning through 3 p.m.
There will be a 4 p.m. mass with ashes at the Norwalk church and a 7:30 p.m. mass with ashes, as well as ashes only options at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Those who show up for walk-in ashes are asked to come during the first 15 minutes at the beginning of the hour.
Derrek Stefanovsky, assistant rector at Saint Lukes Episcopal Church in Darien, offered ashes to commuters at the Noroton train station.
Rev. Patrik Collins offered ashes-to-go in the parking lot at First Congregational Church of Greenwich in Old Greenwich.