Got Ashes?

BY  |  Monday, Feb 11, 2013 9:02am  |  COMMENTS (16)

Ash Wednesday is almost here and several Episcopal churches in the area are again participating in Ashes to Go, an effort to bring Ash Wednesday observances into the world. Here’s where you can find ashes:

Christ Church Bloomfield/Glen Ridge:

74 Park Ave (at Bloomfield Ave), Glen Ridge

Imposition of Ashes and Prayers

6:00 – 7:30 am:

– Bloomfield Train Station

– Glen Ridge Train Station

– Parking lot in front of Glen Ridge Starbucks

5:30 – 7:00 pm

– Bloomfield Train Station

– Glen Ridge Train Station

– Bus stop in front of Christ Church

Services at 10a & 10:30a (children), 12p, 4p and 7:30p in the church

St. John’s Church:

55 Montclair Ave (at Chestnut)

7:00 a.m.:

– Walnut St Train Station

Services at 12p and 7:30p at the church

Montclair State University

2-6pm, in the Center for Faith & Spirituality, Room 112 in the Student Center

More listings and information on the ashestogo websiteashes to go


  1. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 11, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    You know, while it may come as a shock to Baristanet’s crack editorial staff, ashes are quitw often distributed at Roman Catholic houses of worship as well.

  2. POSTED BY shiftynj  |  February 11, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Hi Cathar:

    Ashes to go is an interdenominational program, in which any church that distributes ashes can participate. These happen to be the churches participating in this area. The “news story” is more that the ashes will be available at the train stations, etc., for those who can’t or are not inclined to attend a service.

  3. POSTED BY cathar  |  February 11, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    That ashes are being distributed at train stations by local Episcopal dominies, shifty, in no way eases the “gee whiz’ tone of the original post above.

    I suppose, however, I should be happy that ANY favorable mention of devotional practices appears here. I also await the group shot of the likes of jerseygurl, silverleaf and so many more who post here proudly sporting their “Jesus smudges” as they board a commuter train.

  4. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  February 11, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    “Gee whiz tone”?

    I see two sentences and a listing of times/locations.

    But I guess when you want to make a “point”, you don’t need any actual facts to do so.

  5. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 11, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    Palm fronds from last Easter combined with oil and you have your own ashes but I guess they have to be consecrated?

  6. POSTED BY johnqp  |  February 11, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    So the Pope is stepping down ??? Wow, talk about giving up something for Lent !!

  7. POSTED BY PAZ  |  February 11, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    The question is: Will his successor be liberal or conservative, European or 3rd Worldian? Maybe North American?

  8. POSTED BY johnqp  |  February 11, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Where’s Anthony Quinn when we need him ?

  9. POSTED BY walleroo  |  February 11, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    Thank goodness we won’t have to watch this Pope carry on as he becomes a doddering old wreck. Vive le Pape!

  10. POSTED BY kbanda  |  February 12, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    I’m thinking if you can’t make the “sacrifice” to go to church to receive ashes then it’s really not an issue for you, so why bother? “Ashes to Go”? Seriously?

    Yes, I’m a Catholic by baptism and upbringing but not practicing in a very long time. No bashing. Just making an observation.

  11. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 12, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    “I should be happy that ANY favorable mention of devotional practices appears here”

    —so sad when one’s faith is so weak that it requires reinforcements from local blogs. Then again, years of internationally widespread child molestation and coverup can do that to ya…

  12. POSTED BY shiftynj  |  February 13, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    The point of Ashes to Go is not to replace attending worship for those who do so regularly so they can “check that box”. It is the hope that a busy, distracted commuter who would not otherwise even be thinking about his or her faith today will, when presented with clergy and others going out of their way just to minister to folks like them, will experience a moment of grace. If anything further comes of it, great.

  13. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  February 13, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    “I also await the group shot of the likes of jerseygurl, silverleaf and so many more who post here proudly sporting their “Jesus smudges” as they board a commuter train.”

    Once again cathar, you are speaking out of the wrong bodily orifice. But then again, that fact should not surprise anyone here; we have all gotten used to your rhetorical diarrhea. Don’t forget to use a napkin this time!

  14. POSTED BY richtw  |  February 13, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    So I went to the site indicated. The only reference to Catholics was an observation regarding Catholic reluctance to participdate in Episcopal services. Undeterred I googled “Catholic Ashes to Go” and most of the returns that address this indicate that it is the position of the Roman Catholic church that participation in this is not an option. It is expected ashes will be received in a church, peferrably as part of a service that includes readings from the Scripture and repentance. Does that make this “interdenominational” or “multidenominational”?

  15. POSTED BY shiftynj  |  February 13, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    On other places Lutheran and I believe Methodist churches participate so I think it’s “multi”.

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