Grace Episcopal to host Ash Wednesday services

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday - celebrated March 1 this year - leaves a mark.

"If you go and look at the Glitter Ash promotional page that Parity put together, there is no mention of sin at all", Walton relays.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday's weather calls for likely rain before 1 p.m., and then snow showers, with a high in the lower 40s and gusty north-northwest winds, according to the National Weather Service's forecast for Grand Haven.

Parish priests say they get more people at church that day than nearly any other - excluding Christmas and Easter - and the congregations are usually much bigger than for Holy Thursday or Good Friday services.

"We want to make sure the Christian message is one of love and inclusivity, of empowering people to be who they are".

Knicks' Joakim Noah has knee surgery, out at least 3-4 weeks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical , Knicks center Joakim Noah will undergo season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery. Noah, who is in the first year of his mega $72-million contract, had an underwhelming first campaign with the Knicks.

But some religious leaders think Ash Wednesday should remain glitter-free.

Lent, which begins on Wednesday, commemorates the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert preparing for his ministry.

Reverend Donald Senior, president emeritus of the Catholic Theological Union stated "If you start changing its meaning, some are going to feel this is a political statement".

Rev. Senior also recognized that the intent of glitter ash isn't necessarily inappropriate. "So in one sense, recognizing that on this day to me is not offensive".

"We especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives", he said. "It's that sign of hope that we don't despair even in hard times".

Recommended News

  • Nation's Pediatricians Warn of Rising Risks to Youths From Loosening Marijuana Laws

    An influential USA doctors group has released a new report advising parents against allowing their teens to use marijuana. Stratyner says marijuana affects short-term memory, especially in young brains that are still developing.

    'Get Out' tops box office with huge $30.5 million in ticket sales

    Building up its box office total: The Lego Batman Movie earned an extra $19 million in its second week, nabbing second place. It finished at the top of the box office all three days while Lego Batman limped in with about half that at $9.6 million.
    This Fox News 'Expert' Is Actually Fake News

    This Fox News 'Expert' Is Actually Fake News

    Swedish publication Dagens Nyheter said Bildt was in fact a company owner in the United States who emigrated from Sweden in 1994. In an awkward turn of events, both the Swedish defense and foreign ministry have denied having any knowledge of who Bildt is.
  • Rickie Fowler's putt was swallowed by a sprinkler head

    Then again, confidence goes a long way, and he picked up plenty of it with his three victories a year ago on the Web.com Tour. He and his brother, who grew up in SC and attended the same high school (Dutch Fork) as Johnson, stumbled into making videos.

    Horizon Zero Dawn preload now available, file size also revealed

    Meanwhile in United Kingdom , eight major cities have been given the " Horizon Zero Dawn " makeover to mark the game's launch. For those who have pre-ordered " Horizon: Zero Dawn " on the PlayStation Store , you can now download ahead of its launch.

    Paris-Moscow Relations to Alter After French Presidential Election

    Polls have consistently indicated that both Mr Macron and Mr Fillon would convincingly defeat Ms Le Pen in round two. They deny wrongdoing and have sought to portray the investigations as politically motivated.
  • Cosby lawyer demands trial be moved, cites 'corruption' by media coverage

    Cosby lawyer demands trial be moved, cites 'corruption' by media coverage

    It has almost twice the population of Montgomery County, which is the third largest county in the state. Prosecutors said they were opposed to the defense team's "jury shopping".
    What's This Mysterious Lorde Advertisement All About?

    What's This Mysterious Lorde Advertisement All About?

    At the end of the short clip, the date of her return is revealed with two timestamps reading "2.3.17 NYC" and "3.3.17 NZ". Lorde is just sitting in the backseat of a vehicle , possibly after hitting up a drive-thru, while some music plays.

    Heitkamp to hold future meetings to address Obamacare repeal

    Republicans in Congress are planning to dismantle the Affordable Care Actm saying they will replace it with something else. The new data marks an uptick in popularity for the law over the course of just two months.
  • Bears must look elsewhere for safety as Eric Berry signs massive deal

    Charles was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Texas, but spent his first season in the league as a role player. The NFL Network's Ian Rappaport says sources told him Berry and the Chiefs "are finalizing a 6-year deal worth $78 million".
    CBS pulls 'Doubt' with Katherine Heigl

    CBS pulls 'Doubt' with Katherine Heigl

    That was the lowest CBS Live+SD in-season drama series debut in the demo and the lowest rated show on any of the Big 4 last night. The series marks Heigl's return to broadcast television, following her short-lived NBC political drama State of Affairs .
    Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City, Premier League 2016/17

    Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City, Premier League 2016/17

    Ramadan Sobhi was our best player by a country mile and must start rather than sick note Xherdan Shaqiri every week if available. He has scored four hat-tricks in the Premier League for Spurs, one... "I gave him love, more love than normal", Pochettino said.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.