The Church of the Good Shepherd is taking the ashes to the people with “Ashes to Go” in front of Dunkin Donuts, 297 Boston Post Road (the one near the Smartliving Center) from 6:30 to 8 a.m.
In Case You Didn’t Know (Excerpts from the Catholic.org website)
Why we receive the ashes
Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told
“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. (For full history, click HERE).