The Saint Bartholomew Episcopal Church added a twist to the sacred tradition of Ash Wednesday by offering a drive-through service this year.

Residents traveled from as far as Ingleside and received their ashes-to-go from members of the Saint Bartholomew Episcopal Church.

"We saw this years ago on the news and we came. We don't have to go to church because the church is not close," Maria Soto said.

The sacred day marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a six-week period of repentance during which Catholics restore their bond with the church.

"This is a way for people who for whatever reasons have separated themselves away from the church to be invited back into that relationship and a relationship with Christ," Sean Maloney said.

The drive-through service took less than five minutes to complete and afterward, individuals could drive off ready to renew their relationship with God.

"We're doing an invitation. We're doing a prayer. We're giving them something to take home to do more prayer so they can begin that journey," Maloney said.

It is a time of reflection and sacrifice, but Maloney encourages others rather than give up to take on.

"There is a holy thing about doing that. When you connect yourself to other people you are always, always moved by faith to do that," Maloney said.

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