Catholics attended the noonday service at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers on Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent, all leading up to Easter Sunday on March 31. (Feb. 13, 2013)
St. John the Baptist School student Anthony Minuto,
St. John the Baptist School student Anthony Minuto, 11, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
Monsignor Christopher Maloney applies ashes to the forehead
Monsignor Christopher Maloney applies ashes to the forehead o fSt. John the Baptist School teacher Maureen Beitscher during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services,
The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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Naomi Butner, 24, of Yonkers, a new parishioner
Naomi Butner, 24, of Yonkers, a new parishioner at St. John the Baptist in Yonkers, prays during Ash Wednesday services. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock,
St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock, 13, of Yonkers, prays at right during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
Diana DeLouise of Yonkers prays at an altar
Diana DeLouise of Yonkers prays at an altar after Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
St. John the Baptist School student Clare Brown,
St. John the Baptist School student Clare Brown, 12, of Yonkers, participates in Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
Parishioners, including sisters Eleanor Joyce, 81, center, and
Parishioners, including sisters Eleanor Joyce, 81, center, and Carol Viglione, 73, worship during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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St. John the Baptist School students Gustavo Arias,
St. John the Baptist School students Gustavo Arias, 11, right, and Anthony Minuto, 11, both of Yonkers, wish each other peace at Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
John Smith, right, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday
John Smith, right, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
Faithful worship during Ash Wednesday services, marking the
Faithful worship during Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock,
St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock, 13, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
Lifelong parishioners and sisters Carol Viglione, 73, right,
Lifelong parishioners and sisters Carol Viglione, 73, right, and Eleanor Joyce, 81, both of Yonkers, pray during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services,
The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)
Faithful go to church at St. John the
Faithful go to church at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers for Ash Wednesday services. (Feb. 13, 2013) (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)