The Rev. Ann Ritonia from Church of the Good Shepherd participates in Ashes to Go/Contributed
The Rev. Ann Ritonia from Church of the Good Shepherd (680 Racebrook
Road in Orange) stands along the Post Road in Orange on Ash Wednesday,
offering ashes to anyone as a part of the national “Ashes to Go”
(www.ashestogo.org) movement. Ash Wednesday services will be held at
the church at 12:30p.m. and 7 p.m. today. In addition, Rev. Ritonia will be
offering Ashes to Go until noon, and again from 4 p.m to 6 p.m at the CT Post
Mall Food Court.
THOMASTON — The day before Ash Wednesday, sometimes called “Fat Tuesday” or “Shrove Tuesday” was the day in which people prepared for the Season of Lent. During Lent, no sweets, flour, or “fat” were allowed in the house. This meant that all of these items had to be eaten or they would not last until Easter. “Fat Tuesday” was also a day to get all party energy out of your system since Lent is such a somber time. Thus, in places like New Orleans, Fat Tuesday and the week proceeding is a time of merriment.
In order to remove the flour, sweets and fat from the cupboard by Ash Wednesday, it has become a custom to have pancakes and some sort of meat for supper. St. Peter’s-Trinity Church will continue this custom with a “Hash and Pancake Supper” Feb. 21 from 5:00-6:30 p,m. in the Great Hall at 160 Main St. in Thomaston. The cost is $8 per adult and $4 for children 12 years old and under. Take out is available. You can either call the church office and order ahead of time or if you just want to come down during the dinner and pick up your dinner(s) to go.
For more information call the church office at 860 283-5472.
Ash Wednesday services will be held on Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m and 7:30 p.m.