(from the St. Thomas More newsletter)
It seems Christmas is barely over, and already Lent is almost upon us! We will mark the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 18 with Low Mass with Imposition of Ashes at noon, and High Mass with Imposition of Ashes at our normal Wednesday Mass time, 5:30 p.m.
Keep in mind that Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence; no meat may be consumed, and Catholics may have one principal meal with two lighter meals. (I must admit that on most days I do not even eat this much, so I try to just each one light meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and encourage you to do the same – Ed)
But before we enter the season of penitence and fasting, we will celebrate and “fatten up” the previous evening (Tuesday, February 17) at our annual Shrove Tuesday Evensong at 5:30 p.m., followed by Pancake Supper in the Parish Hall – part of our annual efforts to raise funds for the spring pilgrimage. As always, at evensong we’ll sing the 11th century hymn “Alleluia! Song of Gladness,” bidding farewell to Alleluia until it reappears on Easter.
(By the way, this event is one of only a few for which we do not yet have a street-corner banner to invite the neighborhood! If you would like to sponsor the $200 cost of the banner (passed by 14,000 cars per day for a full week before the supper!), please contact the office or speak with Fr. Bergman.)
So, join us on both days – taking full advantage of the contrast between celebratory and solemn – for a meaningful start to the Lenten season.