The Rev. Mark Juttner of St. Charles Catholic Church in Bayport prepares to bless a parishioner with an ash cross, top photo during and Ash Wednesday morning mass at the church. An alter boy holds the Bible for Juttner during the mass. St. Croix Calley Christians began the 40-day lenten season of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The mass at St. Charles opened with prayers and closed with the distribution of ashes to the parishoners. The ashes serve as a symblol of repentance to God as Lent begins. Other Valley churches hold Ash Wednesday services this afternoon and evening.
(Gazette Photos by Avery Cropp)