Lent is the time in the liturgical year leading up to the glory of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday when we, as Catholics, give alms, pray more, and fast. Marist will honor Lent in a variety of ways.
On Ash Wednesday, ashes will be available in the chapel all day. A brief prayer service will be offered at the beginning and mid-point of each period. Each Thursday in Lent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available to students and faculty members in the chapel throughout the school day.
To give students an opportunity for daily reflection this Lent, the Religious Studies Department is offering a photo-a-day challenge. Each day of Lent has a designated word or phrase.
Students will be challenged to think about how they perceive the word of the day, then to snap a photo they feel reflects that word. Students will post the photos to Instagram or Twitter. No explanation is needed unless students want to share more information. All posts should use the hashtag #LENTMHS2017 so that our school community can follow the campaign.
Students do not have to be great photographers. This project is more about the practice of paying attention and being intentional than it is using the right filter or getting the perfect shot (though we encourage you to get creative!).
Other faith opportunities for students and adults will be offered.
Also, please note that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, all Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Roman Catholic Church, the discipline of fasting is obligatory from age 18 through age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The discipline concerning abstinence from meat is binding upon Catholics from age 14 onwards.