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St. Bede students help prepare for Ash Wednesday

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  • Deacon Larry Spohr and eighth-grader Abby Richter burn palm leaves during a ceremony Tuesday at St. Bede Catholic School in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday.

       Deacon Larry Spohr and eighth-grader Abby Richter burn palm leaves during a ceremony Tuesday at St. Bede Catholic School in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Kindergartners Kaitlin Reyes, left, Grace King and Daniella Mazzola hold their noses as smoke blows in their faces as St. Bede Catholic School students participated in a palm burning ceremony Tuesday in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday services.

       Kindergartners Kaitlin Reyes, left, Grace King and Daniella Mazzola hold their noses as smoke blows in their faces as St. Bede Catholic School students participated in a palm burning ceremony Tuesday in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday services.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • St. Bede Catholic School students watch palms burn during a ceremony Tuesday in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday services.

       St. Bede Catholic School students watch palms burn during a ceremony Tuesday in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday services.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Video: St. Bede palm burning

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

St. Bede Catholic School students watched palm leaves burn during a ceremony Tuesday in preparation for the start of the season of Lent.

About 200 students from kindergarten to eighth grade at the Ingleside school stood in the cold as the Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ceremony that creates ashes for Ash Wednesday.

"It's fantastic that children get to experience this," Deacon Larry Spohr said as he stirred the leaves while they burned. "Lent is a period of surrendering themselves."

The ashes produced by the ceremony will be used to mark parishioners on their foreheads in the sign of a cross Wednesday at St. Bede Catholic Church.

"It was very cold but very interesting and religious. It's a very good tradition," said eighth-grader Tristan Linderholm of Lake Villa.

Ashes will be distributed at St. Bede during the 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Masses, and at the 4:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word Service.

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