The Christian season of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter begins on Wednesday, February 14 this year.
Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes will be held at 12:15pm in the Catholic Campus Ministry Center Chapel. Fr. Patrick Kane will be our celebrant.
Ashes will also be distributed throughout the day at the CCM Center Chapel from 9am-11:45am and 2pm - 6pm.
As a reminder:
Days of Abstinence: No meat can be eaten on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all Catholics age 14 and older.
Days of Fast: Only one full meal is permitted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for Catholics between 18 and 59. Two smaller meals are permitted, but the small meals should not equal a second full meal. Drinking coffee, tea and water between meals is allowed. Snacks between meals are not allowed.
In preparation of Ash Wednesday, there will be a pancake supper held at the Center on Shrove Tuesday, February 13 at 6pm. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, and fruit will be served. Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. Food items like meats, fats, eggs, milk, and fish were regarded as restricted during Lent. To keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably become spoiled during the next forty days. The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about as a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began. In France, the consumption of all fats and fatty foods on this day coined the name "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras.
Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these Lenten observances.