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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Second-grader Sadie Gray receives ashes from Deacon George Reade during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a Christian season of rebirth and renewal and a time to overcome bad habits. When the children were asked by the Rev. Andrzej Skrzypiec, pastor of St. Ambrose, what they thought were bad habits, they listed stealing, lying, robbing a bank and not taking a shower.

SALT LAKE CITY — Catholics at St. Ambrose Parish and throughout Utah marked the beginning of Lent Wednesday with an Ash Wednesday Mass.

Ash Wednesday is signified by parishioners receiving ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads. The ashes are a symbol of sorrow for sins, and Christians strive to forsake bad habits during Lent.