As a child, Easter was a very different holiday compared to all the rest. The preparation took 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday signals the start of Lent, a period of 40 days prior to Easter that many Western Christians consider a time of preparation that includes reflection, remembrance and repentance.
Margie Dixon, of Portage, makes a plate Monday for the Portage American Legion Post 260 Dyngus Day celebration at the hall.
Frank Wischman boils pierogi Monday for the Portage American Legion Dyngus Day celebration at the hall.
Keith Elliott, second vice president of the Portage American Legion Post 260, wears a Polish shirt Monday for a Dyngus Day celebration at the hall.
LAKE STATION | St. Francis Xavier Parish, 2447 Putnam St., has scheduled a fish fry lunch and dinner for March 30.
Father Kevin McCarthy of St. Teresa of Avila holds an Ash Wednesday service.
Many Christians in Northwest Indiana worshiped in churches to observe Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent — a sacred period of spiritual preparation.
The Rev. Kevin McCarthy rubs ashes on the forehead of Valparaiso resident Fran Wulf during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center at Valparaiso University.
Valparaiso University senior Lindsey Dillingham drinks Communion wine from a chalice after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center at Valparaiso University.
Bob Emery, of Wanatah, has ashes rubbed onto his forehead in the shape of a cross during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center at Valparaiso University. Christians in Northwest Indiana worshiped in churches Wednesday to observe the start of the Lenten season.
Ashes from burned palms wait to be distributed to parishioners at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center during an Ash Wednesday service.
The Rev. Kevin MCarthy drinks from a Communion chalice with ashes on his forehead during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center at Valparaiso University.
Valparaiso resident Pat Greenboam has ashes rubbed onto her forehead during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center at Valparaiso University.
With a name like Fat Tuesday, today is an easy excuse to splurge on high-calorie, high-fat food in the spirit of celebration and tradition.
Mark your calendar for March 9 and support the Crown Point High School athletic department at its annual fundraiser.
While you've probably been trying to avoid the infamous seven deadly sins during Lent, they're all going to come alive for your viewing pleasure as Studio 659 invites you to the opening reception of their newest exhibit, "The 7 Deadly Sins" Friday evening.
LAKE STATION | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9323, 2750 Central Ave., is hosting a fish fry every Friday.
HOBART | St. Thomas Council 1347 Knights of Columbus will serve Lenten fish fry dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays through April 15, in the St. Bridget Parish Center at Second and Main streets in Hobart.
Here is a listing of some fish fries in the area.
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