The Lenten Season Begins at Alverno Heights Academy


This morning, February 14, Alverno Heights Academy celebrated the start of the Lenten Season with an Ash Wednesday Service led by Campus Ministry and Christian Service. Father Michael Cooper P’20 joined us for this important holy day in the liturgical calendar. 

The prayer service opened with members of Campus Ministry reminding the community that Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the ashes are applied to a person’s forehead, the following words are spoken: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”

Father Michael Cooper P’20 then spoke to the girls about the importance of Lent as a season of penance and forgiveness. He explained that the ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass. 

After ashes were administered to the members of the community, Christian Service members Jessa Tiedeman ’18 and Nalleli Cobo ’19 introduced a new event that will be taking place on campus on Wednesdays during Lent called “Mindful Meals.” This meal will be a meal that is light and a typical meal that a person living in an impoverished region may eat on a regular basis. Each presentation and meal will ask for a $3 donation with all proceeds from the donations going to Shower of Hope, a mobile shower service that sets up at various homeless shelters in the San Gabriel area.

Over the next five weeks, the Christian Service class will be presenting and serving meals from the following regions: 

    Wednesday, February 21- Juarez, Mexico presented by Lily Cooper ’20, Kate Bolin ’19, and Alyssa Gutierrez ’19 
    Wednesday, February 28- Sorsogon, Phillipines presented by Delaney Brancheau ’19, Caroline Dragos ’19, and Vanessa Prata ’18 
    Wednesday, March 7- Blackwater, Arizona presented by Megan Cavender ’19, Janet Maza ’20, and Sarah Wolfe ’19 
    Wednesday, March 21- Kenya presented by Klarissa Barriga ’19, Vianni Barzallo ’20, and Elise Tervalon ’19 
    Wednesday, March 28- Palestine presented by Bella Lara ’20, Nalleli Cobo ’19, and Jessa Tiedeman


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