Lent 2016: The Face of Mercy

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 2016, Campus Ministry invites you to engage in this Year of Mercy by seeking "The Face of Mercy." During this season, we recognize our sinfulness as humans, yet are reminded of our merciful God and how much He loves us. Even Pope Francis (pictured above) needs confession as a tool to reconcile with God. Take advantage of the many opportunities through Campus Ministry in which you can grow spiritually and seek the merciful face of Christ, one of faith, hope, and love.

Simultaneously, we seek to BE the Face of Mercy for others. It's a time to allow God to work through us to show mercy to the world through our daily actions.

"Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope." -Pope Francis (Year of Mercy)

Praying that you are strengthened by the love and mercy of God this Lenten season.

Sunday Worship

February 14- March 20

Mass Times
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: 10am, 6pm, 8pm
Holy Angels: 5pm (Saturday), 12pm

McGinnis Center: 9pm

Interdenominational Worship

Marianist Hall Chapel: 6pm


Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday- 11am-noon

Wednesday- 4:30-5:30pm

(when classes are in session)

3 O'Clock Marianist Prayer

Weekdays at 3pm

St. Mary's Courtyard (3 O'clock sculpture)

(when classes are in session)

Evening Prayer

Wednesdays at 5:30pm

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

(except March 23)

Lenten Journey Groups

Lenten Journey Groups are small faith sharing groups will meet on a weekly basis for the Lenten season. Groups are offered on Mondays 7-8:30pm, Tuesday 6:30-8pm, Wednesday 6:30-8pm (for Chi Rho and Phi Lambs only), and Thursdays 6-7:30pm.

Stations of the Cross

Friday, February 19, 4:30pm

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Fish Fry

February 19, 5-8pm

KU Concourse (Ground Floor)

This FREE DINNER is sponsored by SGA and Campus Ministry. "They all ate and were satisfied." Luke 9:17

The Light is On

Tuesday, February 23, 7pm

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Parishes and churches around the country open up their doors for an evening of individual confession, reflection, and prayer. Join us in the Chapel!

Taizé Prayer & Reconciliation Service

TUesday, March 15, 8PM

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

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.

Romero Stations of the Cross

Tuesday, March 22, 12:30pm

Beginning in Nazareth Courtyard

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.

  1. One of the recipients of our Lenten collection for Marianists abroad will be Our Lady of Nazareth School in Nairobi, Kenya, located in the middle of Nairobi’s largest slum where 350,000 people struggle to survive. In facing the complexities of such extreme poverty, education can be one way to break the cycle, making OLN a place of refuge and hope for the 1,800 children enrolled. 

  2. Another recipient of money collected for Marianists abroad this Lent will be the REDS program in Bangalore, India. REDS (Ragpickers Education & Development Scheme) works with children from the streets of Bangalore and Ranchi, as well as their families and those in the slums. The program seeks to reach out to the underprivileged with an intervention process aimed at holistic development, ensuring successful integration and participation in the mainstream of society. Please look for ways around campus to donate to this cause during Lent.

  3. Another recipient of money collected for Marianists abroad this Lent will be MIRACLE in Koronga, Malawi. MIRACLE is the “Marianist Institute of Rural Artisans for Christian Life Education.” It is a job skills training program for unemployable orphans who have lost their parents to the AIDS pandemic sweeping sub-Saharan Africa. Upon the completion of two years of training, these young men and women are placed in apprenticeships for six months and then assisted in securing jobs or in starting their own small businesses. With employable skills, small loans, and gifts of work tools, miracles happen. Despair is replaced by hope. Please look for ways around campus to donate to this cause during Lent.

  4. Another recipient of money collected for Marianists abroad this Lent will be Marianist Sisters’ Health Clinics in Kpatchile, Togo, West Africa and Singhpur, Jharkhand, India. Chaminade Health Care Center in India was dedicated in September 2012 to serve the students and families of the rural parish and the Marianist School. In October 2011, the Marianist Sisters opened a Rural Health Care Center in Kpatchile, Togo outside of Kara. Part of its mission is to provide maternity and well-baby care for people who previously had no medical assistance. The Sisters need help raising Sr. Ann Martine’s salary and that of the other medical personnel who serve the rural poor.

Ways To Donate

There will be collection containers around campus throughout Lent.

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.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry

Liberty Hall 101 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408