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"Ashes to Go" for Ash Wednesday

Ashes to Go 2017
Wed, Mar 1 2017, 12:00am

For the sixth year in a row, Episcopal congregations in towns across northern New Jersey will take to the streets on Ash Wednesday, March 1, marking the beginning of the Christian holy season of Lent by giving “Ashes to Go.”

Ash Wednesday initiates the Lenten season of reflection and penitence which precedes Easter. In the Episcopal tradition, ashes are used to mark the foreheads of the faithful with the sign of the cross, with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Numerous priests, deacons and lay people will visit train stations, bus stops, coffee shops, shopping centers and street corners to offer ashes and a brief prayer to commuters and pedestrians who wish to participate.

During morning rush hour, commuters can receive Ashes to Go from The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark at Newark Penn Station.

The Rev. Canon Gregory Jacobs, diocesan Canon to the Ordinary, will offer Ashes to Go 7:30 - 9 AM at the indoor entrance to the Gateway Building on the second floor of Newark Penn Station.

Churches in the Diocese of Newark that plan to offer Ashes to Go at public locations in their communities are listed below, by town.

The Ashes to Go initiative was started by the Rev. Teresa K. M. Danieley of St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO, who began conducting a street corner service with the distribution of ashes in 2007.

For more about the Ashes to Go program, visit

In case of inclement weather, please confirm directly with the individual church (church office numbers are listed below). To confirm with Bishop Beckwith or Canon Jacobs, please contact Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications, at 973-430-9907 or

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark comprises the northern third of New Jersey with 99 congregations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, and Union counties.

Churches offering Ashes to Go

Allendale – Trinity Episcopal Church (201-327-3012)
5:30 - 8:30 AM at the Allendale Train Station

Belvidere – Church of St. Luke and St. Mary (908-459-4340)
7:45 - 8:15 AM at the Warren County Courthouse steps on the Belvidere Green
8:30 - 9:30 AM and 3 - 5 PM at the Quick Check on Route 46 and County Road 519

Bloomfield & Glen Ridge – Christ Church (973-743-5911)
6:30 - 8:30 AM and 6 - 7 PM at the Glen Ridge and Bloomfield Train Stations and the bus station in front of the church
Please check for any last minute updates

Boonton – St. John's Church (973-334-3655)
During morning rush hour at the Boonton Train Station and the Lakeland Bus enclosure at Town Hall;
followed by the Boonton High School Drop Off area

Chester – Church of the Messiah (908-879-7208)
6 - 6:45 AM outside Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 206
8 - 9:30 AM outside Starbucks on Rt. 206

Cliffside Park – Trinity Church (201-943-1034)
6:30-8:30 AM at the NJ Transit stop near Memorial Park

Clifton – St. Peter's Church (973-546-5020)
7 - 9 AM at the Allwood Road Park & Ride

Franklin Lakes – St. Alban's Church (201-337-4909)
6:30 - 8:15 AM at the VFW commuter lot and middle school drop off, on the corner of Pulis & Franklin Avenues

Glen Rock – All Saints' Church (201-444-6874)
6:30 - 8 AM at Boro Hall Station

Harrison – Christ Church (973-483-1260)
7:15 AM at the Harrison PATH Station

Hillsdale – Holy Trinity Church (201-664-2428)
6:30 - 7:30 AM at the Hillsdale Train Station

Jersey City – St. Paul's Church and Church of the Incarnation (201-433-4922, 201-434-4810)
8 - 9 AM and 5 - 6 PM at McGinley Square

Ledgewood – St. Dunstan's Church in Succasunna (973-927-1485)
7:45 - 8:45 AM at the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 10

Lincoln Park – Good Shepherd Church (973-694-5915)
6 - 8 AM at the Lincoln Park Train Station

Little Falls – St. Agnes' Church (973-256-5020)
7 - 8 AM at the Little Falls Train Station

Livingston – St. Peter's Church (973-992-1932)
6:30 - 8:30 Am at the Livingston Mall Walnut Street bus stop

Madison – Grace Church (973-377-0106)
6:30-7:30 AM at the Madison Train Station

Maplewood – St. George’s Church (973-762-1319)
5:45 - 8:15 AM at the Maplewood Train Station

Millburn – St. Stephen's (973-376-0688)
6:30-7:30 AM at the Millburn Train Station

Montvale – St. Paul's Church (201-391-3181)
6:30 - 7:15 AM at the Montvale Train Station

Mountain Lakes – St. Peter's Church (973-334-4429)
6 - 7:45 AM at the Waterview Bus Stop on Hwy. 46E in Parisippany

Newark – House of Prayer (201-784-0113)
joined by St. Paul's, Chatham and Christ Church, Short Hills
8:30 - 10 AM at Broad Street Station in Newark

Newark – Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral (973-622-3505)
7 AM on the sidewalk in front of the Cathedral at 608 Broad Street

Nutley – Grace Church (973-235-1177)
11 - 11:45 AM in front of Shop Rite

Ridgewood – Christ Church (201-652-2350)
7:30 AM until 6:30 PM at the Cottage Street portico entrance

Rutherford – Grace Church in Rutherford (201-438-8623) and St. John's Church in Passaic (973-779-0966)
Morning rush hour at the Rutherford Train Station

Sparta – St. Mary's Church (973-729-3136)
6 - 8 AM outside Panera Bread, 25 Center Street (Theater Center)

Summit – Calvary Church (908-277-1814)
6 - 8:30 AM at the Summit Train Station

Teaneck – Christ Church (201-833-4502)
6:30 - 7:30 AM at the Hackensack bus depot

Tenafly – Church of the Atonement (201-568-1763)
7 - 8 AM at the Tenafly Bus Stop

Towaco – Good Shepherd Church (973-334-2882)
6 - 8 AM at the Towaco Train Station

Verona – Church of the Holy Spirit (973-239-2850)
8 - 9:30 AM and 2 - 3:30 PM in front of the Church parking lot at 36 Gould Street

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