On Ash Wednesday, some Catholics are skipping church in favour of mobile ashes distribution. On Wednesday, Christians around the world will begin the Lenten season, a 40-day time of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice in preparation for the joy of Easter. The Catholic tradition of marking the forehead with ashes on Ash Wednesday is meant to serve as a sobering reminder that “we came from dust, and to dust we shall return.”
Although millions of Catholics around the world continue to attend services on Ash Wednesday, some seek out alternative methods of receiving their ashes. On Wednesday, ash trays will be brought to CTA stops and other public locations by churches such as Urban Village Church to give commuters an expedited ash experience.
Christian Coon, pastor of a United Methodist church in Chicago, plans to spend Ash Wednesday handing out ashes to passengers at CTA stations and other public locations. Coon, whose church has four Chicago locations, said he would be at 20 different spots throughout the day, starting with Daley Plaza from 8 to 9 a.m.
Coon’s Urban Village Church is known for holding services in nontraditional settings like coffee shops, so it’s not out of the ordinary for him to distribute ashes to the congregation there instead of at a formal Ash Wednesday mass.
Terminal 2, Mezzanine Level, Chicago O’Hare International Airport O’Hare Airport Chapel Services are held daily at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 4:00 p.m. Worship services are held daily at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. The duration of each event will be 30 minutes. Holy Communion will only be given at Mass. Only at religious ceremonies, like funerals or memorials, will ashes be given out.
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The Chapel at Chicago’s Midway Airport can be found on the Mezzanine Level of Concourse C. (Inside Security). There will be three services a day, at 10, 12, and 2 p.m.
Schedule for liturgical services: 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. The duration of each event will be 30 minutes. Only during the Mass will Holy Communion be distributed. Only at religious ceremonies, like funerals or memorials, will ashes be given out.
Parking lot party at Tasty Catering in the Elk Grove Village Industrial Part. Participants must remain in their vehicles while receiving ashes and adhere to all applicable traffic regulations.
This year, the 40 days leading up to Easter, known as Lent, begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2022. As a sign of repentance, followers of Islam have the ashes of burned palms applied to their foreheads in the shape of a cross.
Along with the observance of Ash Wednesday, a coalition of Pilsen churches will launch a “40 Days of Peace” campaign. The Pilsen Faith Table Initiative is a coalition of local churches, businesses, and residents who are working to make the area a more peaceful place for everyone.
“This is an opportunity to pray for peace, not only for the people in our own communities but around the world,” said Mike Enright, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church. There is a God who weeps for the violent as much as he does for the peaceful. As His offspring, it is our responsibility to spread harmony with our words and deeds.
Ministers and priests of seven Pilsen churches will offer prayer and ashes at the 18th Street Pink Line station, 1710 W. 18th St., from 7 to 9 a.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. At the same times, you can find them at the Damen stop on the Pink Line at 2010 S. Damen Ave.
Ashes will be distributed at Masses and liturgical services held throughout the day by the Chicago Airports Catholic Chaplaincy, which serves both O’Hare and Midway airports.