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"Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him Who is the fount of mercy."

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College Offers Prayer and Events During Lent

March 01, 2017

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Today, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a 40-day period before Easter (excluding Sundays) that ends on Holy Saturday, April 16 this year.

The Office of Campus Ministry will offer a series of events throughout this special time. As a Catholic college, embracing Lent is not only a religious observance, but a way for students, faculty and staff to reconnect with the identity of the college.

"Lent is about renewing this relationship with Christ, about slowing down, reminding us to listen (with the ear of our heart), and heed the directions from our Lord," says director of Campus Ministry, Sue Gabert. "We are to learn from these directions and then act accordingly. This will then cause us to reflect some more and then we are back again to the beginning. We do all this so that we might be living a more fully Christian life."

The Lenten schedule of programs and events is described below. During the third full week of March, the college will also feature Benedictine Heritage Week, a weeklong program of events that celebrate the founding tradition, honoring the Benedictine way of life that founded and still guides the college.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times
12 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church
5 p.m., Upper Abbey Church
9 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church

Program and Events

Days of Fast and Abstinence
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

Operation Rice Bowl
The Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international humanitarian aid agency of the Catholic Community in the U.S. Seventy-five percent of your gifts fund development and education projects overseas and twenty-five percent remains here in New Hampshire to support local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. Rice Bowls available in Abbey Church and Campus Ministry in the lower church. For more information contact Andy Fellows at or visit

Offers students the opportunity to form small peer-led faith sharing groups. Campus RENEW groups meet for an hour each week for Scripture reflection, discussion, and prayer. For more information contact Joycelin Raho at

Additional Daily Mass
Noon - Abbey Church (see Mass schedule below)

Wednesday's throughout Lent at 12:30 p.m., Seeing the Word: in Campus Ministry
Explore the Saint John's Bible through Seeing the Word - A visio divina Bible study! Wednesday's throughout lent, bring your own lunch - we will provide dessert! For more information contact Sarah Catherine Richardson at

Friday's throughout Lent at 12:30, Soup and Spirit Lenten Lunches
Join members of the community to share stories of "seeking God" in their lives while also sharing a simple soup lunch. Soup is provided. Campus Ministry, Lower level Abbey Church 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., for more information contact Joycelin Raho at

Saturday, March 18 and April 8, POP Retreat
Be on team to offer a confirmation retreat for local high school students. For more information contact Andy Fellows at

March 19 at 7 p. m., Mass
Reception of those preparing for Sacraments of initiation.

March 20 - 24, Benedictine Heritage Week

March 25, Alumni Day of Reflection - Journeying Toward Easter
For more information or to register by phone, please call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-888-444-1889.

March 27 at 6 p.m., Dana 1D, Women of Faith: an Interfaith Dialogue
A group of strong, vibrant women from 5 different religious traditions discussing how those traditions affect and empower their lives.

March 31 - April 2, Interval Retreat
Get off campus, meet new people, pause and reflect on some of college's most important questions: Who am I? What is God's message in my life? What is my response to that message? This is a two-night retreat open to all students. For more information please contact Joycelin at

March 31 - April 2, Urban Immersion
St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, for more information contact Melissa Gismervik at

April 2, Confessions
Confessors will be available following the 7 p.m. Mass for Reconciliation.

April 8 at 7:30 p.m., The Saint Anselm College Choir in Concert
Abbey Church - For more information contact Eric Bermani at

Daily Lenten Reflections
Receive daily reflections from members of the Saint Anselm community. For more information contact Sarah Catherine Richardson at, or sign up for Lenten email reflections at

Pick-up a Lenten Prayer Card (free) or purchase Lent and Easter books and greeting cards available in Campus Ministry, Abbey Church, lower level.

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