Parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst prepared for the beginning of lent with a Mardi Gras celebration on February 9th billed as “Holy Hour to Happy Hour to Holy Hour.” More that 100 people participated in the evening which included a prayer service, a covered dish supper, fun and games and the burning of old palm branches to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday services. See below for a slideshow of photos by Gregory A. Shemitz.
Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco processes with the paschal candle during evening prayer.
Amy Keller directs the youth choir.
Members of the youth choir sing.
Msgr. DeGrocco reads a prayer during the palm-burning service. Ashes produced at the service were to be used at the parish's Ash Wednesday liturgies.
Young parishioners watch the palms burn.
Eighth-grade religious education students manage the fire.
Parishioners enjoy a buffet dinner during the Mardi Gras festivities.
Children participate in a game of musical chairs.
Kelli Barrett, 13, wears a decorative mask during the party.
Keith Ladolcetta and his five-month-old daughter, Colette, check out the action.
Mardi Gras Grand Marshal Declan Buckley, 12, distributes treats to the children.