Locals talk Lent sacrifices
Today is Ash Wednesday and that means it is now the start of Lent and the end of the Mardi Gras season.
Some Gulfport residents attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church today to receive their ashes for the first day of lent, a period of 40 days which comes before Easter.
Those who observe Lent use it as a time for prayer or penance by either giving up bad habits or volunteering in the community. Resident Eugene Thomassie said, “I do a lot of volunteer work. I do veterans organizations. I do funeral for the veterans. I do Handy Man. We build ramps for elderly and for people who need it.”
Every Friday until Easter Sunday, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will have the showing of Stations of the Cross starting at 6 followed by a fish fry.