College to Mark Lenten Season With Opportunities for Reflection

Offerings include resources for community both on and off campus

The Christian season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. In addition to services held on campus through the Lenten Season, there are a number of reflection opportunities sponsored by the Vice President for Mission, the Office of the College Chaplains, and the Holy Cross Jesuit Community. Each program provides a way to enter into the sacred season of Lent in the midst of everyday life.

For the first time, the College will offer a daily, digital reflection series titled “Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross 2015.” This new resource contains reflections written by a wide variety of people with connections to Holy Cross — professors, current students, chaplains, staff, and alumni. Those who subscribe will be sent an email each morning containing a reflection, and the listing of sacred texts from Scripture for each day of Lent. The full reflection series is also available for download as a PDF. To sign up for the daily Lenten reflection email, or to download the PDF, please visit

In addition, Holy Cross faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate in any of the 6-week, interactive Lenten programs offered by the Office of the Vice President for Mission. The programs include Lenten retreats, which provide a time for prayer and reflection, guided by weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Both individual and group retreats will be offered. Additionally, a Lenten Reading group will also meet twice during the season to discuss Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.’s “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” (Free Press, 2011) and N.T. Wright’s “The Lord and His Prayer” (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1997); texts will be provided to all participants.  For more information on these offerings, please contact Diane Girard,

Schedule of Services – Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18 Ashes will be distributed at all services

  • 8:15 a.m. Ecumenical Morning Prayer, Mary Chapel
  • 12:05 p.m. Catholic Mass, Mary Chapel
  • 5 p.m. Ecumenical Evening Prayer, Mary Chapel
  • 9 p.m. Catholic Mass, St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

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