History of Ash Wednesday & Easter Preparations

Coming up on Wednesday, February 18th we will be having an Ash Wednesday Mass. As Easter is quickly approaching, it seemed fitting to remind everyone about the history of Ash Wednesday in preparation for Easter.

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Before Ash Wednesday begins, there is a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Here at JSerra, these festivities will be on Feb. 17th. This is a time that marks the day of feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

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Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent and starts the beginning of the 40-day fasting period and abstinence. It is there that a priest applies ashes to the foreheads of individuals to indicate an inner repentance. Those who participate are invited to the alter to receive the imposition of remnants before receiving the Holy Supper. The Lenten period lasts for approximately six weeks. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Holy Saturday, which is the Saturday before Easter.

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Although Easter may be associated with the Easter Bunny, the true meaning behind the Easter celebration has much more meaning. This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. We are all actually celebrating His death for our sins and His resurrection. Many people often call Easter, Resurrection Sunday, because that is exactly what it is.

What will you give up for Lent this season?

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JSerra Swim Team Serves the Community During the Lenten Season

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The JSerra swim team hosts a sock drive every year in March for the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Santa Ana. Over 800 local families are served each weekend at Loaves and Fishes. The families who come are often in need of basic items.

Four years ago, Coach McLaughlin asked Director Maria Dzida, if she could use her swim team to help in any way.  She responded with ‘socks’. As Mrs. Dzida spoke of the lenten season and the washing of the feet, this become our project.

Every Spring, the JSerra swim team collects socks and food items to donate to the kitchen. The swimmers spend the day serving and giving back to those in need.

“This is an amazing group of kids. It shows the size of the their hearts every time we walk into the building,” said McLaughlin. “I am so very blessed and proud to be their coach both in and out of the water. They understand that receiving and giving go hand in hand.”