The Rev. Scott Woods, front, and the Rev. Mike Zacharias place ashes on St. Michael the Archangel School students foreheads during Ash Wednesday Masses. For the first time since 1945, Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day share a date on the calendar, causing fasting students at the Catholic school to trade their usual Valentines Day party for a Fat Tuesday party instead. For many Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the six-week period of penitence and reflection leading up to Easter Sunday. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

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