It’s still Mardi Gras, but Lent is coming. The Revs. Susan Kennard and Jeremiah Griffin of Galveston’s Trinity Episcopal Church will offer a unique service they call Ashes-to-Go from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at 21st Street and Seawall Boulevard. There, the priestly pair will administer ashes to faithful passers-by in front of pier that once housed the Balinese Room, offering anointing and prayers for Ash Wednesday.

“With today’s work schedules and general busyness, it isn’t possible for everyone to attend an Ash Wednesday service,” Griffin said. “Ashes-to-Go seeks to meet people where they are; to make the church’s message of repentance and grace accessible to all. Ash Wednesday’s focus is on wrongdoing, transformation and new beginnings.”

Traditional Ash on Wednesday services will also be at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in more conventional surroundings, that is, in Trinity’s sanctuary at 2216 Ball.

For details, call 409-765-6317.


Galveston’s Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church is continuing to mark its pastor’s 50th anniversary with a free musical titled “This is Your Life.” The event, in honor of the Rev. A.S. Johnson, will begin at 7 p.m. March 9 at 2717 Ball St.

“We welcome all of Galveston County to join us in a spirit-filled musical with praises to God celebrating Rev. Johnson’s pastoral legacy,” said organizer Maxine Mason. “Come one, come all and you will be blessed.”

For details, call 409-539-2278 or 409-763-1748.


More and more churches and charities are becoming concerned about the problem of human trafficking. Kerri Taylor, the local director of UnBound, an organization which focuses on fighting this problem, will speak to the Friendswood community prayer breakfast at 7:10 a.m. March 15 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Drive.

“For several years now, I have been made aware of the atrocities of human trafficking,” Taylor said. “The fact that Houston plays such a huge role in it has overwhelmed me. There are some excellent groups already in the fight. I wanted to do something meaningful but have always come away frustrated by the difficulty of networking or volunteering with groups based far north of us.

“Now, with UnBound, we can do meaningful work close to home, but with national support filling in the gaps where local groups need reinforcement. Its mission is to mobilize the church to end human trafficking — it’s the perfect vehicle.”

For details, call 713-408-4785.


Update: Photos of Pope Francis greeting a young boy who had been dressed in replica papal regalia went viral on the Web this week.

Instructions were also provided online for making similar, no-sew costumes requiring 14 simple fabric store items and some adhesive.

Rick Cousins’ Faith Focus column appears each Saturday. Have a unique or unusual event? Email details to at least two weeks in advance.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.