I am a Catholic and look forward to receiving ashes every year. Because I am also a nursing student in college, I usually attend a service around 6 am that offers the distribution of ashes. Where I am currently, none of the local Catholic churches offer ashes that early in the morning and we have to be at the hospital at about 8 am on Ash Wednesday for class. I have noticed that a lot of hospitals offer ashes on Ash Wednesday, but the distribution is done by a chaplain and not a Catholic. I know that as Catholics, when attending another christian church we are not supposed to participate in communion but is this the same for ash wednesday? Can I receive ashes from a non-Catholic?