Religion Briefs

Family Sunday School to be held Feb. 24

Parents and their children ages 4 to 8 are invited to attend a Family Sunday School session at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 24 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction St.

The theme will be “Treasure!”

For more information, call 247-0357.

As debauchery ends, 40 days of Lent begin

NEW ORLEANS – Gaudy floats, beads and costumes gave way to street sweepers and repentance as Fat Tuesday ended and largely Catholic south Louisiana welcomed Ash Wednesday.

At midnight on Mardi Gras, a wedge of law enforcement – mounted horsemen – moved slowly down Bourbon Street to clear off remaining drinkers, declaring the all-day party over.

Sweeper trucks began clearing tons of beer cans, broken beads and other trash from city streets dampened by intermittent rain showers throughout the day.

As Lydia Thumser of Berlin, Germany, strolled through the city streets taking in the sights and sounds of her first Mardi Gras, she said she would like to attend her first Ash Wednesday service, as well – even though she isn’t Catholic.

Churches around the area scheduled Masses at which priests would dot or cross the foreheads of the faithful with ash to mark the start of the 40-day Lenten season of penitence and fasting.

Herald Staff and Associated Press