Virtual services, pantry route as the Holy Spirit marks Lent – MyVeronaNJ
The time of Lent is upon us again, the time when Christians take the time to reflect and prepare for Holy Week and Easter. It was during Lent in 2020 that the country entered lockdown in an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Although the situation is slightly better than it was 12 months ago and the increase in the number of people vaccinated is promising, the services and activities of the church are far from “normal”. While we may not be able to mark Lent in the ‘usual’ way, Holy Spirit Verona always offers opportunities for the community to come together for spiritual enrichment (and even a little fun!).
The eve of Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, is called Mardi Gras (or “Mardi Gras”) and is often celebrated with a Pancake Supper. Although the Holy Spirit of Verona will not be able to host this community event this year, we still offer the possibility to come together – online of course – for one or two rounds of “episcopal peril”, With your host, Father Jerry Racioppi (somewhat the opposite of Alex Trebek). So, prepare a plate of pancakes and join us for some fun facts and laughs!
For the safety of our community, we will also not be offering “Ashes to Go” in our church parking lot on Ash Wednesday (February 17th) this year. But we will be running online services through Zoom, at noon and 7 p.m., to mark the start of Lent, and we will keep you and the greater community in prayer on this most holy day. Seminarian Katherine Rollo said, “Although we do not impose ashes this year, we will continue to gather and pray in the spirit of the day, remembering that we are dust and we will return to dust. “
We will also be offering a calming and reflective 30-minute prayer service called Compline at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, starting February 23. The spiritual practice of our Lenten congregation will be a deep dive into some of the Psalms, with time to read and reflect on these verses which were written in the form of songs. Sunday school and confirmation classes, as well as a Sunday afternoon spiritual enrichment group, will all focus on learning the Psalms by reviewing 11 of them in the weeks leading up to Easter. As Father Jerry says: “This Lent promises to be a ‘psalm of fear’ to the Holy Spirit! And if you are looking for something lighter, “The madness of Lent 2021”- a virtual tournament in which you can vote for your favorite saints – starts on Ash Wednesday.
We are happy to be able to continue what has become a tradition at Holy Spirit – collecting non-perishable items for our pantry as part of a “40 items for 40 days” food drive. If you want to take a box to fill in, or if you want to create your own, you can find more details here. Please return your box to church before Sunday March 28 (Palm Sunday).
For more information on any of the programs or services listed above, please visit our website. For connection details to Zoom events, please contact our Parish Office Administrator at [email protected]
The Holy Spirit Verona joyfully explores and shares the faith, serves others and welcomes everyone, and has a vision to be a vibrant congregation known for its commitment to supporting one another, deepening the faith and to do the work of God in the world. Sunday service is at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. currently via Zoom. We hope you will consider visiting or joining this joyful community.