St. Martin's Episcopal Church came to the people on Ash Wednesday instead of the people going to the church. The Rev. Scott A. Ciosek, priest-in-charge of St. Martin's Episcopal Church as well as St. Peter's Episcopal Church, South Dartmouth, was giving ashes to people in the parking lot of the house of worship at County and Rivet streets in the city's South End. People either parked their vehicles in the lot and walked over to Ciosek or drove their vehicles up to him, rolled down their windows and received the church's blessings as they sat in their vehicles, their car motors still running.
"This is a beautiful way for us to get out to where the people are," said Ciosek. "It's a great way to meet people. That's our intention — to meet people and let them know they are loved by God."
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