Burning palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday

On Sunday, March 2, in preparation for Ash Wednesday, there will be a palm burning after the 11 a.m. Sunday Liturgy at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Atonement at Graymoor (formerly Pilgrim Hall). The public is asked to bring their old palms to be burned so they may be used on Ash Wednesday. The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, invites the community to prepare for Lent by attending this special event.

Graymoor is located on Route 9 in Garrison, five miles north of Peekskill and thirteen miles south of I-84.  For more information, call the Graymoor at 845-424-3671, ext. 2111, e-mail [email protected], or visit

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement are a Roman Catholic order of brothers and priests founded in 1898 by Fr. Paul Wattson, SA at Graymoor in Garrison. Since that time, the Friars have worked for reconciliation and healing through “at-one-ment” — the unity of men and women with God and with one another — so that the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” might be fulfilled. Through their mission and ministries they serve people of every race, religion, and walk of life. Their social ministries help the poor, the needy, and the homeless; people living with HIV; frail and elderly in hospitals and hospices; those in prison; and people seeking recovery from alcoholism and chemical addictions.

Their ecumenical work makes them leaders of the international movement to heal the divisions within Christianity and among all faiths. Through their prayers and pastoral ministries, they bring spiritual renewal, unity, harmony, and reconciliation throughout the world and carry the Gospel message to three continents.

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