Lent is often thought of as a season that focuses on giving something up, however the message throughout the halls of Immaculate is not just about foregoing a candy bar or a cup of coffee, but rather about giving more of one's self to those most in need. Throughout the Lenten season the Immaculate Family is treated daily to the words and reflections of St. Theresa of Calcutta, whose remarkable work with and for the poor serves as an inspiration to this faith community. In this students are provided with the opportunity to visit and volunteer at Eva's Village in Paterson to help serve those in need.
These remarkable acts are a larger part of the foundations and practices of Lent such as Ash Wednesday and fasting on Friday. Together we joined as a Catholic faith community in celebration of Mass on Ash Wednesday to begin the Lenten season. As is the practice throughout the season the cafeteria does not serve meat on Friday's as we join together in abstaining from meat in the Catholic tradition and practice during the Lenten season. Religion classes have devoted time to exploring the meaning of Lent, including the 3 pillars of Lent, the significance of the number 40 and the story of the prodigal son. This year our campus minister, Mr. Steven Pierinelli, will be leading a weekly stations of the cross for the students and faculty of Immaculate recounting the "Via Dolorosa". During this time both students and faculty will follow the path of Christ that ultimately culminated in his sacrifice and resurrection.