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, the school will celebrate mass together and receive ashes. The National Honor Society has invited students to fast together on starting at their lunch mod on Ash Wednesday.
On Tuesdays the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered mods E through for any interested students. Efforts are being made to find a priest for mods A through D. Every Wednesday all are welcome to take part in Adoration of the Eucharist in the chapel. Each Thursday in Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7:15 a.m.
Students looking to do service (almsgiving) during Lent can visit the Student Life Office to find out about service projects with Campus Ministry.
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.
Monday, March 4--Marist Lay Gathering: Anyone, regardless of their affiliation with Marist, is welcome for a light meal, conversation, and prayer in Palos Heights. Email Mrs. Sarah Rakauskas for information.
Sunday, March 24--Campus Ministry Road Mass at St. Christina, 11 a.m. - All are welcome to attend together!
Sunday, March 24--Taize Prayer sponsored by Marist Young Adults, 6 p.m. - All are welcome-parents, students, faculty, alumni, and friends!
Sunday, April 7--Campus Ministry Road Mass at St. Michael, 10:30 a.m. - All are welcome to attend together!
Sunday, April 7--Mass at University of Illinois at Chicago Newman Center, 7 p.m. - Young alums are invited to gather for mass followed by pizza. Registration to be posted soon.
Wednesday, April 10--Champagnat Day: The day offers the opportunity for giving to Marist through treasure, service, and good words. Share with the world why #MaristMatters.
Thursday, April 18 --Visitation of Seven Churches: Marist Lay will offer an evening trip to seven Chicagoland churches in honor of Holy Thursday. Details and registration to be posted.
Here are some resources to enrich your Lenten season:
Marist Brothers Novitiate USA
40 Prayers in 40 Days
Sisters of Mercy Lenten Blog
25 Great Things You Can Do For Lent
Ignatian Spirituality Lenten Resources
Archdiocese of Chicago