Yesterday I explored some practical steps the Catholic Church could take that would make going to Mass less of a chore. According to the Associated Press, I’m not the only one thinking outside the box here. Apparently a suburban Cincinnati parish has established a drive-thru for Ash Wednesday, otherwise known as National Find Out Which of Your Coworkers Are Catholic And Mean It Day. Traditionally, parishoners attend a Mass during which a cross is drawn on their forehead with the ashes of combusted palms which are also somehow significant. I don’t really have the whole picture, my family were some serious cafeteria Catholics. This church is willing to save you the trouble of getting out of your car to get your forehead marked. From the article:
An Ohio church is offering a drive-thru Ash Wednesday blessing for parishioners pressed for time or reluctant to come inside the church for the Lenten observance.
The Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook of Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in suburban Cincinnati offered the ashes Wednesday evening for people of all faiths beginning around 5 p.m. in the church parking lot. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, which concludes after 40 days with the celebration of Easter, and the faithful traditionally have a smudged cross drawn on their forehead.
Bridget Spitler, the church’s secretary and building manager, said the church had received a lot of positive feedback for offering the drive-thru ashes.
It’s a good start. The Church really should do everything it can to make worship as convenient as buying a bag full of McChicken sandwiches.