Shrove Tuesday: February 12
The day before Lent begins, we will have our traditional Pancake Supper in the Undercroft beginning at 6:30 pm. It's always a fun, light-hearted evening of fellowship.
Ash Wednesday: February 13
The forty days of Lent begin by trying to prick our fantasies of immortality: "Remember that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return," says the priest as he imposes ashes on us on Ash Wednesday.
The Ash Wednesday liturgy may both express and encourage our repentance, that is, turning around and orienting once again our lives to God, expressing sorrow for our sins, renewing our lives in God's love and mercy.
Ash Wednesday Masses: Come, accept this invitation to explore and connect with the big questions of life. Lent starts at ASA on Ash Wednesday with two masses: a low mass at 12:10 noon and a sung mass at 7:00 pm.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
On Wednesday evenings in Lent, beginning on Feb. 20, your are invitied for worship, fellowship, and learning. Mass will be at 6:35 pm (most parking restrictions south of the church are lifted at 6:30 pm) and then we'll meet in the undercroft for a potluck dinner. Please bring something "Lenten," i.e., no meat or sweets; but if you are unable to bring something please don't let that prevent you from participating.
After the meal we will have conversation about evangelism. Every one of us has good news, but sharing the good news effectively can be difficult. Through the Bible, DVD presentations, some books, and the wisdom and insight each of brings to the table, we'll develop our skills and appreciation of evangelism.
Lent Prayer, Fasting, and Giving
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave specific advice about practical piety, what following God looks like day by day.
See Matthew's gospel, chapter 6. Jesus first spoke about prayer, then fasting, and then giving. The chapter concludes with his marvelous and comforting assurance that we need not be anxious.
A Prayer for Lent
by Fr. Louis OCSO, monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani*
Let me use all things for one sole reason: to find my joy in giving You glory.
*Thomas Merton, from his Seeds of Contemplation, 1961