COVID safe Ash Wednesday.
Written by Jesse Baroka on February 18, 2021
IRONWOOD — The Our Lady of Peace Church in Ironwood employed a more COVID-safe method of ash distribution during Ash Wednesday services yesterday. Priests typically mark a cross of ashes on parishioners’ foreheads using their thumbs as part of the holy day. But this year, Fr. Binu Joseph used individual cue tips to mark foreheads. The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship asked dioceses around the world to employ an alternative ash-distribution formula to minimize the spread of COVID-19.