Lent begins Feb 21

February 16, 2007

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 21.

The sacred season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 21. The Catholic Church takes these forty days to prepare for Easter, but this Lenten Season of prayer, reflection, and penance/sacrifice welcomes all comers! Especially in the past, Lent was a time “to give up something.' Contemporary approach encourages us to take the time to enter more fully into understanding and living the Paschal Mystery—the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus—in our own lives.

Lent begins Feb 21 In the Middle Ages penitents had to wear “sack cloth and ashes' as part of their penance during Lent. Today we ritualize our entering into this season by Mass and “Distribution of Ashes' on the forehead. The person distributing ashes says, “Repent and believe in the Good News,' or the more traditional.  “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.'

On Ash Wednesday, February 21, ashes will be distributed at the Cross located outside of Lewis Hall near the entrance to the University, between classes at the following times:

  • 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.      
  • 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
  • 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.       
  • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.     

Ashes will be distributed also in the Residence Halls from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. in Apartment 3 Lounge.
Mass will be celebrated with the Monks in the Abbey Church at 11:45 a.m., and outdoors at the Cross with distribution of ashes at 5:00 p.m.  Men and women of all faiths are most welcome to join us for Mass or the Reception of Ashes as well as other moments on the Lenten Journey.  Try it!