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Pro-life club sues » CSU named in free speech lawsuit Parish outreach » St. Bernadette's helps deaf, among others Daughter of the King » New book written by Denver Catholic women Seminary news » New rector for St. John Vianney named VOLUME XCIII - NO. 3 | 116 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GOSPEL | FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 10, 2017 | @DenverCatholic | | W e've all seen it; someone walks into a restaurant, or a bank or the grocery store with a smudge of ashes in the shape of a cross on his forehead, and he is imme- diately met with stares of confusion and possibly an awkward smile. Of course, most Catholics are well aware of what the ashes mean: it's Ash Wednesday, and the penitential season of Lent has begun. While the pews of churches are becoming less and less full at Sunday Mass across the board, something inter- esting happens on Ash Wednesday — Mass attendance spikes. Even those who don't attend church regularly, and perhaps don't even practice their faith, clamor at the chance to get burnt palm leaves smeared across their heads as the priest exhorts them to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. So what makes Ash Wednesday so cool? WHY IS ASH WEDNESDAY "COOL"? BY AARON LAMBERT @AaronLmbrt » Mountain Madness 2017 » -€ Middle schoolers get fi red up about their faith PHOTO BY ANDREW WRIGHT

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