Maple Ridge students mark first day of Lent
Luke Stewart-Beinder, a Grade 4 student at St. Patrick’s School, prays after receiving ashes from Father Matthew To during the Ash Wednesday celebration this week. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day fasting period that ends on Easter Sunday. The ashes, made from the palms of the previous years Palm Sunday, symbolize penance and contrition. (Below) Father Matthew To puts ashes on the forehead of Grade 1 student Benjamin Daunais.