Catholic students to host Ash Wednesday Mass

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Financial aid adviser Madeline Lester prays during the Ash Wednesday service February 2010 in the craft room of Loftin.  File

Financial aid adviser Madeline Lester prays during the Ash Wednesday service February 2010 in the craft room of Loftin. File

Religious activities will continue through Lenten season.

By Karenna Reyna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

Starting Wednesday, the season of Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday services, and many students from this college will participate in this religious observance.

Mass will be held at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Catholic Student Center, 312 W. Courtland Place. The center also will serve a traditional Lenten meal that includes recipes from all over the world, such as ugali, an African dish of cornmeal served with bean soup, fried plantains and West African peanut soup immediately following Mass.

Ashes will be distributed throughout the day at this college starting at 12:15 in Loftin Student Center. The ceremony is open to faculty, staff and students at this college.

During Lent, Western Christians begin preparing — through penance, reflection and fasting — for Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. A priest administers ashes on their foreheads to remind them that life passes away here on Earth.

Over the next 46 days, Joseph Liedecke, campus minister, and the Catholic Student Association will participate in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl project.

The Catholic Relief Services is an dedicated to assisting the Catholic community. This includes raising money for the hungry in Africa while praying, fasting and giving to others.

Every Wednesday during Lent, services, prayers and food will be available in the CSC. Some activities will include in-depth stories about the people assisted by the Rice Bowl Project, with lectures, presentations, videos and reflections.

Throughout Lent, calendars with everyday prayers and events can be picked up at the center.

For more information, call 210-736-3752.

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