Some Catholics who couldn't make it to church this morning got their "Ashes on the Go."

Father Tony Prandini with Good Shepard Catholic Parish was conducting Ash Wednesday rituals -- marking foreheads -- outside of the State Capitol.

"Last year probably we had a little over 100 people stop and talk to us. Good conversations whether they received ashes or not," Prandini said. 

Several congregations were throughout downtown for the first day of Lent, a period of penance, fasting, and sacrifice.

Phillip Hilton took his ashes at 13th and L Streets.

"It reminds people that spirituality isn't something that's inside a building," Hilton said. 

The "Ashes to Go" movement began in 2010 at train stations in Chicago.