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Suburbs celebrate Ash Wednesday as Lent begins

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Father Peter Sarnicki, right, puts ashes on St. Margaret Mary Catholic School teacher Rachel Urbaszewski.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Father Peter Sarnicki, right, puts ashes on Deacon Jim Woeste during Ash Wednesday service at St. Margaret Mary in Algonquin.

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Father Peter Sarnicki, right, and Deacon Jim Woeste bless the ashes during Ash Wednesday service at St. Margaret Mary.

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Father Peter Sarnicki, right, puts ashes on second-grade St. Margaret Mary Catholic School student Sean Tan .Deacon Jim Woeste is seen in the background.

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St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Assistant Principal Alison Mallo puts ashes on one of her students.

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Pastor Robert Braband leads the Ash Wednesday service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard.

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Pastor Robert Braband gives Cindy Hollibaugh of Northlake a cross during Ash Wednesday service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard.

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Pastor Robert Braband gives Catherine Knapp of Lombard an ash cross during Ash Wednesday service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard.

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Rev. M.E. Eccles of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines provides "ashes to go" Wednesday to Ola Arogundade of Wheeling at the Des Plaines Metra train station.

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Rev. M.E. Eccles of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines provides "ashes to go" to John Spaw of Chicago Wednesday at the Des Plaines Metra train station.

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Rev. M.E. Eccles of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines provided "ashes to go" Wednesday at the Des Plaines Metra train station.

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Rev. Bill Nesbit of St. Charles Episcopal Church administers ashes to a commuter in front of their impromptu sign at the Geneva train station.

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John DeMartino of St. Charles receives ashes from Katie Thomson of St. Charles Episcopal Church as they offer "ashes to go" at the Geneva train station.

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Father Fred Pesek offers his sermon to St. Patrick School students who attended Ash Wednesday service at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wadsworth.

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Father Fred Pesek places ashes on the forehead of St. Patrick School kindergartners at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wadsworth.

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St. Patrick School first graders Brianna Brincks, left and Adrianna Villanueva talk about thier ashes on their foreheads as they attended Ash Wednesday service at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wadsworth.

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Gallery updated: 3/5/2014 5:54 PM

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From churches to train stations, suburban Catholics celebrated the beginning of Lent on Wednesday. Lent is the traditional 40-day period of fasting, prayer and alms-giving before Easter.
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