Ice cream, ashes used to start Lent season


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—The first day of Lent brings decisions on what to give up until Easter.

People give up many things, from cussing and sweets, to other items to become healthier.

“I'm giving up soft drinks,” Thomas Bowman said.

Perhaps a time of worship and a black smudge as a reminder

“You were born and then you die and you go back to ashes,” Jennifer Washle said.

This year many across Kentuckiana are hanging their habits for Lent.

“I’m giving up pounds, and I'm going to try to eat healthier and take care of myself. That's giving up but it's also helping me,” Jackie Lydon said.

Other still go above just giving up one thing, adding something else into the mix this season.

“I’m going to do something on top of giving something up. I'm going to coach one of my child's sports teams this year,” Erik Furnish said.

And when it comes to the ashes, some received their cross outside of mass.

Ashes and ice cream seem like an unlikely pair, but Wednesday at the Comfy Cow guests were offered ashes to go along with their sweet treats.

“[The reason is] to get us as parishioners living our faith out in the community and to offer the community a chance for blessing that they may not have otherwise,” St. Thomas Episcopal Church Reverend Ann Vouga said.

For the second year in a row, St. Thomas Episcopal Church partnered with the ice cream shop to reach out and convey the real meaning of this tradition.

“It's not about eating ice cream. It's about doing things for others,” Garr said.

“I haven't decided on a physical thing as far as a food or a drink or whatever, but I think being kinder to your fellow man and doing the best that you can everyday is more important than anything else,” Washle said.