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Lent 2015: Journey Through the Desert
The question resounds: “What are you ‘giving up’ for Lent?” And in response many wonder: Why should we “give up” things for Lent? What’s the point?
Lent is a period of sacrifice and fasting that breaks up our normal routine. When we reach for the ice cream, but then remember we are fasting from desserts, it provides an opportunity to remember that we commit this small sacrifice in solidarity with Jesus and the ultimate sacrifice He made for us. Giving up something we normally do on a daily or weekly basis encourages us to not just go through life on autopilot, but to think more critically about what we are doing and why we are doing it. As Pope Francis says, "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.”
Lent is also about making time and space for God. Choosing to “give up” something means fasting from whatever it is - relationships, habits, places or things (media, music, technology) - that separates us from God or distracts us from being the best version of ourselves and living holy lives.
For Lent 2015, Campus Ministry invites you to “Journey Through the Desert” by joining our #UDLentenChallenge. Each week presents a unique fasting challenge, as well as suggestions for almsgiving, service and intentionally increasing time spent with God and others.
Weekly Challenge instructions and Lenten inspiration will be posted on our University of Dayton Campus Ministry Facebook page and on Twitter @UDLiturgies https://twitter.com/
Chaminade Chapel: 10am & 8pm
McGinnis Center: 9pmInterdenominational Worship
UD Lenten Challenge
Join our Weekly Lenten Fasting Challenges:
We encourage you to post your commitment to complete the weekly challenges on your Facebook page, our Facebook page and on Twitter: “I accept this week’s UD Lenten Challenge to fast from _______. #UDLentenChallenge”
February 18-28, 2015: Beverage Fast - Avoid all non-water beverages and drink water in solidarity with those who do not have access to safe drinking water. Collect the money you would have spent on soda pop, coffee, alcohol or other beverages and donate it to the Lenten Almsgiving Collection.**
March 1-7, 2015: Complaining, Gossiping and Swearing Fast - Work to eliminate negative language; instead use positive words and actions that lift up others. Every time you complain, gossip or swear this week, say a prayer, charge yourself a quarter and at the end of the week donate what you’ve collected to the Lenten Almsgiving Collection.
March 8-14, 2015: Random Spending Fast - Avoid spending money this week. Distinguish between your wants and needs; only purchase necessities. Don’t go out to eat or go out on the weekend and make coffee at home. Donate what you don’t spend to the Lenten Almsgiving Collection. Additional suggestion: Take time to sort through your clothes/possessions and donate unneeded items to charity.
March 15-21, 2015: Choose Your Challenge - Choose to fast from whatever it is (relationships, habits, places, media, music, technology) that separates you from God or distracts you from being the best version of yourself. Spend time doing things that draw you into closer relationship with God and others.
March 22-28, 2015: Sweets Fast - Go without dessert, sweets, sugar, soda pop. Strive to eat and drink healthier things. Donate the money you save through fasting to the Lenten Almsgiving Collection.
March 29-April 4, 2015: Social Media Fast - At the beginning of the week, post information on your social media accounts about your fast, why you’re fasting and/or information on how to donate to the Lenten Almsgiving Collection. Then fast from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest and other social media until Easter Sunday. Spend more time in prayer, reflection, quiet and in face-to-face conversation with others. Additional suggestion: Eliminate e-mail and social media notifications on your phone. And if you’re really up for a challenge: don’t text for the week!
**The Lenten Almsgiving Collection serves those in need to the Marianist Programs Abroad in India and Africa. Donations can be made in cash, by check made out to “Marianist Mission” or online at http://www.marianist.com/donate/UDgives.
Weekly Prayer for the Lenten Challenge
Week FiveGod, Giver of Life,
We are the caretakers of your creation
And with that comes the need to nourish our own bodies.
Lead us to choices that strengthen and support
Rather than destroy and diminish our health.
Help us to see the difference between momentary enjoyments
And lasting enrichment in our diets and in all avenues of our lives.
Stations of the Cross
Taizé Reconciliation Service
All are welcome and encouraged to attend this prayerful Lenten service, which includes music in the style of the monks of Taizé, France. The service also includes the opportunity for the sacrament of individual reconciliation with one of several Marianist priests.
Mass in Remembrance of the Salvadoran Martyrs
Tuesday, March 24
Romero Stations of the Cross
Immediately following Mass
Lenten Discipleship GroupsLenten Discipleship Groupsare peer-led faith sharing groups that will use Robert Warren and Kate Bruce’s Life Source: A 5-Session Course of Prayer for Lent to build community and explore faith together this Lenten Season!
Support Marianist Programs Abroad through Almsgiving
This Lenten season, there will be a campus-wide almsgiving effort to benefit five important Marianist programs overseas. Money collected will be given to Our Lady of Nazareth School in Kenya, MIRACLE in Malawi, the REDS program in India, Chaminade Health Care Center in India, and Rural Health Care Center in Togo. All five programs serve the needs of the poor, through education, encouragement, and meeting basic needs.
Look for ways to contribute and participate in the Lenten Challenge of Almsgiving.
Ways To Donate
There will be collection containers around campus throughout Lent.
There will be a second collection in the campus masses on March 1st.
Donate anytime in Campus Ministry, Liberty Hall room 101 or 107. We take cash or checks made out to “Marianist Mission”.
Donate online at http://www.marianist.com/donate/UDgives
Catholic Lenten Retreat
How is Christ calling you this Lent? Where is God leading you through the Lenten journey? Come and explore these questions and more as you encounter God's grace in the Catholic Sacraments, grow in your understanding of the Catholic faith life, and be inspired to more actively live your Catholic faith.
Open to: All Students
Dates: March 13-15, 2015
Location: Maria Stein
Cost: $40 per person if registered by the February 27th. $50 per person anytime after February 27th.
Fees include all meals, lodging and supplies for the weekend. Transportation is also provided, if needed. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.
For more information, contact Kelly Adamson at 937-229-2574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.