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While mindful of COVID protocols, plans are underway for pre-pandemic events and norms.

By Meghan Schultz, EWTN News, February 28, 2022


After last year’s ashes were coated on cotton swabs and sprinkled on parishioners’ heads, dioceses this year make plans to return to a more typical Ash Wednesday and Lenten season.

Priests from multiple dioceses told the Register they look forward to being able to return to pre-COVID practices.

The Diocese of Phoenix does not have any restrictions or pandemic-related suggestions regarding the distribution of ashes. Parishes will be able to adjust their practices to what will best suit their community, but according to director of the diocesan Office of Worship and Liturgy, Father John Muir, ashes will generally be applied in the typical, cross-on-the-forehead manner. …