Ashes, ashes Get ready for the Lenten fast in Tacoma

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2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year (let us hope interesting in a good way). We have already had a super-blue-blood moon and we will have another blue moon at the end of March. Another odd feature of this year’s calendar is that Ash Wednesday arrives on Valentine’s Day, so you might find yourself in a bit of a quandary if you are one of those that gives up chocolate for Lent.

Around here, Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday – that last bash before the 40-day Lenten fast – is not that big a deal. There are a few places in Tacoma, however, where you can celebrate that happy occasion, if you are so inclined. You will find those venues listed below, followed by a list of many of the churches where you can go to acknowledge “that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” and have ashes smudged on the forehead as a poignant reminder of that fact.

Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday

Fifth Annual Red, White & Blue Mardi Gras Party

Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.

Steel Creek Tacoma, 1114 Broadway, Tacoma

At Steel Creek’s fifth annual Red, White & Blue Mardi Gras party, you’ll be partying like they do on Bourbon Street. Steel Creek is giving away thousands of beads plus Mardi Gras masks and red, white and blue light-up L.E.D. batons for the first 400 guests starting at 9 p.m. Plus, they’ll be spinning their famous drink wheel for a new Mardi Gras drink special every half hour. Wear your best red, white and blue outfit and get into the party for free (before 11 p.m.). Steel
Creek is also giving away a pair of Aaron Watson tickets.

Info: steelcreekwhiskey.com

Shrove Tuesday: From Feasting to Fasting

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Browns Point United Methodist Church, 5339 Browns Point Blvd. NE, Tacoma

Come to Browns Point United Methodist Church for a pancake dinner and then a worship service to prepare for the start of Lent.

Info: www.facebook.com/events/365331507272973/

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 p.m.

Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma

Enjoy two dollar tacos and two dollar well drinks with dance music brought to you by DJ Reign.

Info: jazzbones.com

Ash Wednesday:

Mass for Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:15 a.m.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish, 424 S. 30th St., Tacoma

Join us bright and early – before work or school – for Mass to begin the season of Lent. Let the ashes on your forehead be a sign to the world.

Info: www.facebook.com/events/1713923255326353

Ash Wednesday Mass

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 1001 N. J St., Tacoma

Students will join the parish for Ash Wednesday Mass. Soup supper follows the evening mass.

Info: www.saintpats.org/parish

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 14, noon

Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma

Our Ash Wednesday service this year will be in the Murray Boardroom and go from noon-12:45 p.m., with 15 minutes of quiet reflection to begin. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of preparation for Easter. Lent can be a time for prayer, fasting, self-examination, and penitence as we prepare to celebrate Easter. We will be doing the imposition of ashes, as well as a short service, to remember Ash Wednesday this season. If you are unable to attend the service, there will also be a quiet space to impose ash on yourself, and/or to simply take a short time to center yourself throughout the day.

Info: evensi.us/ash-wednesday-center-intercultural-civic-engagement/243979243

Midday Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, Feb. 14, noon

Urban Grace, The Downtown Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma

In partnership with Bethany Presbyterian Church, we will join together on Wednesday, Feb. 14, for a meditative and reflective Ash Wednesday service, which marks the traditional beginning of the Lenten season.

Weekly on Wednesdays throughout Lent, we will be holding Vespers services in the Chapel. Gather in this community space for prayer and reflection in the midst of your workday. The services will feature a mix of prayer, music, silence, poetry and a brief homily offered by pastors throughout the city. You can also bring your lunch and eat during the service.

Info: www.urbangracetacoma.org

Evening Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.

Urban Grace, The Downtown Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma

In partnership with Bethany Presbyterian Church, we will join together on Wednesday evening, Feb. 14, for a meditative and reflective Ash Wednesday service, which marks the traditional beginning of the Lenten season.

Info: www.urbangracetacoma.org

Ash Wednesday Mass

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 14601 A St. S., Tacoma

“The ashes mean I’m a sinner. The shape of the cross means I have a savior.” – Fr. Mike Schmitz

Info: www.ourladyqueenofheaven.org

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Browns Point United Methodist Church, 5339 Browns Point Blvd. NE, Tacoma

You are invited to come walk the labyrinth on Ash Wednesday as we reflect on our mortality and ask God to change our hearts so that we can follow Jesus more faithfully. All ages are welcome for this quiet contemplative time.

Info: brownspointchurch.org

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