GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, located at 920 Fulton Street, will offer two Ash Wednesday masses with distribution of ashes on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to signal the beginning of the Lenten season.
Fr. Phil Shangraw, priest and canonical administrator for the parish, will preside over both masses. Anyone wishing to attend the masses is invited to come.
Ash Wednesday occurs 40 days before Good Friday. In the Catholic church, on Ash Wednesday the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross, as a symbol that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a cross.