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Church plans Ash Wednesday drive-thru

Mon 27 Feb 2017
By Premier Journalist

To cater for parishioners' busy lives, an Irish church has decided to set up a drive-thru for their Ash Wednesday service.  

The faithful will be able to receive the traditional Ash Wednesday blessing without leaving their cars on 1 March.

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St Patrick's Church, Glenamaddy


St Patrick's Church in Glenamaddy told the Irish Catholic newspaper that churchgoers will be able to drive to the front door of the chapel, receive the blessing - including the ceremonial placement of ashes on the forehead - and drive off.

"It's about meeting people where they are," Fr Paddy Mooney told the newspaper.

"We looked at the situation on the ground, people and families are on the move all the time."

The church will also place a Lenten petition box - a box where Catholics submit their prayer requests - on the drive up to the church.

Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent - is one of the most important dates for Catholics and Christians of other denominations.

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