St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in De Pere offers “Ashes to Go”

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Wednesday is the first day of the holy season of Lent, and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in De Pere offers ashes on the go.

“Ashes to Go” is the parish’s way of offering a shorter version of traditional services to people who don’t have time.

“It’s really for people who have really busy lives, but they want to have an active component of their faith as part of it,” said St. Anne’s Episcopal Church rector, Fr. Tyler Richards. “So we’ve put together these little mini ceremonies so people can come and remember what Ash Wednesday is and receive their ashes.

They were offering “Ashes to Go” in the St. Anne’s parking lot from 7 to 8 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m., but Father Richards had another idea and wanted to bring student services to UW Green Bay. He said the decision was “a no-brainer”.

“Making yourself available for this age group is something really important, because it’s a time for questioning,” Fr. Richards said. “Now is the time to try to find out who we are as individuals in the secular world, but also sometimes in the spiritual world.”

The church has seen the number of people for morning services double this year and expects to see double for evening services.

“Not everyone has time to stop and go to church for an hour in the middle of their day,” Fr. Richards said. did.”

Jerry B. Hatch