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Local churches celebrate Ash Wednesday to kick off Lent

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Thousands of people around the world celebrated the beginning of Lent on Wednesday.

Members from the Holy Family Church celebrated Ash Wednesday which kicks off the 40-day Lent period. Catholics are asked to take a little inventory of their lives to become a little bit closer to God which requires them to also give something up that's important to them for a 40 day period.

"This is kind of like our kick-ff party had a good Mardi Gras yesterday but now it's a day of fasting and prayer," David Monteleone said.

Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent.

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