VENTURA, Calif. -- Churches across Ventura County are preparing for a safe Ash Wednesday.
The holy holiday will fall on Wednesday.
It is a time when Catholic members of the clergy smear ash in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of parishioners to represent the belief that all humans are made of dust and shall return to dust.
Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the season of Lent. For many Catholics, it’s a time for reflection and prayer.
This year Ash Wednesday will look a lot different as churches will take extra precaution with COVID-19 health protocols.
NewsChannel reporter Senerey De Los Santos will have a full report on what this means for local churches tonight at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.