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St. John the Baptist School student Anthony Minuto, (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

St. John the Baptist School student Anthony Minuto, 11, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Ash Wednesday at St. John the Baptist in Yonkers

Catholics attended the noonday service at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers on Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent, all leading up to Easter Sunday on March 31. (Feb. 13, 2013)

St. John the Baptist School student Anthony Minuto,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

St. John the Baptist School student Anthony Minuto, 11, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Monsignor Christopher Maloney applies ashes to the forehead
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Monsignor Christopher Maloney applies ashes to the forehead o fSt. John the Baptist School teacher Maureen Beitscher during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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Naomi Butner, 24, of Yonkers, a new parishioner
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Naomi Butner, 24, of Yonkers, a new parishioner at St. John the Baptist in Yonkers, prays during Ash Wednesday services. (Feb. 13, 2013)

St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock, 13, of Yonkers, prays at right during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Diana DeLouise of Yonkers prays at an altar
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Diana DeLouise of Yonkers prays at an altar after Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

St. John the Baptist School student Clare Brown,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

St. John the Baptist School student Clare Brown, 12, of Yonkers, participates in Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Parishioners, including sisters Eleanor Joyce, 81, center, and
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Parishioners, including sisters Eleanor Joyce, 81, center, and Carol Viglione, 73, worship during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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St. John the Baptist School students Gustavo Arias,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

St. John the Baptist School students Gustavo Arias, 11, right, and Anthony Minuto, 11, both of Yonkers, wish each other peace at Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

John Smith, right, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

John Smith, right, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Faithful worship during Ash Wednesday services, marking the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Faithful worship during Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

St. John the Baptist School eighth-grader Robert Bock, 13, of Yonkers, attends Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Lifelong parishioners and sisters Carol Viglione, 73, right,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Lifelong parishioners and sisters Carol Viglione, 73, right, and Eleanor Joyce, 81, both of Yonkers, pray during Ash Wednesday services at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

The Rev. Kenneth Ross leads Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Faithful go to church at St. John the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Faithful go to church at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers for Ash Wednesday services. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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