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Southern Californians take part in Ash Wednesday (Photos)

Mary Ann Laccabue, a staffer at Our Lady of Grace School, attends 8 a.m. mass for Ash Wednesday at the school's parish in Encino on Feb. 13. The parish offered two morning services, a noon prayer service, and two evening services, including a Spanish-language mass.
Mary Ann Laccabue, a staffer at Our Lady of Grace School, attends 8 a.m. mass for Ash Wednesday at the school's parish in Encino on Feb. 13. The parish offered two morning services, a noon prayer service, and two evening services, including a Spanish-language mass.
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Father Jay Cunnane distributed ashes to hundreds of parish members for Ash Wednesday today during an 8 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Encino.

This Roman Catholic parish holds five services today, including one at 7:30 p.m. in Spanish. On the Christian calendar Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, lasting 40 days before Easter. Cunnane said the 8 a.m. service is the most-attended mass, before children head to school and adults head to work.