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03/05/14 — Community marks Lent

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Community marks Lent

By Matt Caulder and Josh Ellerbrock
Published in News on March 5, 2014 1:46 PM

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Jim Skowronek prays during the Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church.

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St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Deacon Webster James marks the forehead of Nichole Mehlhaft with ashes to signify repentance before God during the church's Ash Wednesday service this morning. Today begins Lent, the season in the Christian calendar that precedes Easter. During the season, many faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. This year, Easter falls on April 20.

For local Christians, the season of Lent, which begins today, is about quiet reflection and re-invigorating their commitment to God. "What are the areas in our life that need to be shaped, formed, chopped off or created?" asked the...

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