ABILENE, Texas -

Wednesday marks the beginning of a season of reflection for Big Country Catholics.

Ash Wednesday services were held to at Holy Family Catholic Church and many other churches around the Big Country.

Ashes are placed on the forehead, and with it the 40 day season of Lent begins.  For many Christians, Lent is a time for reflection and sacrifice.

The season ends with Easter, which is April 20 this year.