“Ashes to Go” are blessings for the busy in Arizona. The Church is coming to you on Ash Wednesday. “Ashes To Go” is taking Ash Wednesday to the people and to the streets of Downtown Phoenix today. The church understands the busy lives the faithful have and sometimes it’s just not possible to make it to

church to receive the blessings and ashes.  Therefore, the church is adjusting to the time constraints we all hold and the hectic lives we lead in order to keep God in our hearts.

“We take ashes to the street corner because that reminder of need, humility, and healing shouldn’t be confined to a church building.  We probably need it more when we are in the middle of our daily business!” One church spokesman says “The ashes we receive are to remind us throughout the day of our need for God, and of God’s call to us.”

Ashes To Go has been around for a few years.  About three years ago, three congregations took to the streets of Chicago and offered ashes to people passing by on the street corners, train platforms, and outside grocery stores.  Dubbed “Ashes to Go,” it was a service offered to the many who get caught up in their daily lives and can’t make it to church for Ash Wednesday. “Ashes To Go” has since gone viral with over 40 states and 80 churches across the nation offering a blessing and ashes to those on the run.

“Ashes To Go” will be at various locations and times throughout the day.


Phoenix, AZ
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will offer “Ashes to Go:”
Phoenix Light Rail Station at 8 A.M. at Roosevelt and Central and
The corner of Washington and Central in the Cityscape complex 11:30


Phoenix, AZ
St Mary’s Episcopal Church will offer “Ashes to Go:”
Montebello Light Rail Terminal, 7.30-9 a.m., 4:00-5:30 p.m.


Gilbert, AZ
Resurrection Episcopal Church will offer “Ashes to Go:”
Corner of Gilbert Road & Page Ave (Near Joe’s BBQ)

Tucson, AZ
St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church will offer “Ashes to Go:”
Raging Sage Coffee House on Campbell (8:00 a.m.–10 a.m.), Northwest YMCA (9:00–11:00 a.m.),
Starbucks at Campbell & River (10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.), the River Walk at Campbell & River near Trader Joe’s (10:00–11:30 a.m.)

Kris Dugan