Twice a month when Sunday Mass ends, about 60 people follow Br. Al Mascia across the street from Our Lady of La Salette Church in Berkley, Mich., for even more worship. It’s a remarkable sight.
Last year Br. Tim Lamb asked young African friars in Nairobi, Kenya, what they wanted to do for Lent. In terms of sacrifice, “They wanted me to write a check.” He told them they had missed the point.
Since just 4% of Jamaicans are Catholic, “I am always baffled by the fact that Ash Wednesday is a national holiday,” says Pastor Jim Bok of Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Negril.
Aside from Christmas and Easter, “Ash Wednesday was always the best attended service of the year,” according to Fr. Blane Grein, former pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, a Navajo Parish in Chinle, Arizona.
Students in Theology classes at Roger Bacon will have a hard time escaping their Lenten resolutions. They’re as close as the screen on their iPad. They can thank Provincial Minister Mark Soehner for that.