St. Patrick’s Church in Glenamaddy is catering to the modern Catholic on the go, as seen by the record breaking numbers who came to the church’s drive-thru service this Ash Wednesday.
Traditionally Irish Catholics would go to their church on Ash Wednesday and be blessed with a cross of ashes on their forehead.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, and the ashes on the forehead symbolise a repentance of sin.
But for a number of years now St. Patrick’s has been putting on a drive-thru service for people who don’t have time to stop in at the church on their way through the morning run.
Instead from 8am to 9:30am, people can pull up outside the St. Patrick’s in Glenamaddy and a priest or volunteer will apply their ashes.
A post on the church’s Facebook page on Wednesday morning celebrated the success of the event, saying it was their best year yet.
“Record numbers attended the Drive Thru Ashes this morning outside of St. Patrick’s Church. Mass will be celebrated at 7pm this evening in Glenamaddy,” the post read