20150218 - Ash Wedesday (KG) - nwherald

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Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com

Brian Bluhm of Algonquin and his daughter Allie, 1, receive ashes shaped in a cross on their foreheads by Pastor Piotr Sarnicki during an Ash Wednesday mass Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin. The mass signifies the the start of the lenten season which is dedicated to reflection, prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter.