Drive-Thru Ashes Give Parishioners in a Rush a Chance to Worship


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- In an era where you can get just about anything in a drive-thru, even drive-thru ashes are available on Ash Wednesday at a church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Father Tom Mathews of Christ Church Ridgewood offers drive-thru ashes for the busy.New Jerseyan.

Several hundred people took advantage of the service in a one hour and cars lined up in the parking lot to receive the ashes and then go on their way.

Matthews believe he is offering service to the community, "I think they're grateful for the opportunity; we've had had several people who have little kids."


A Catholic mother said about the benefits of the drive-thru service, "When it's not convenient, it's harder for me to stay connected to, you know, god and the church and this makes it easier."