First, Mardi Gras, then Ash Wednesday and Lent

A Taste of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras this Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday

Enjoy Mardi Gras at Holy Cross this Tuesday.

It’s a Holy Cross tradition to have a special family-friendly dinner with a Mardi Gras theme on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Also known as Fat Tuesday, it’s a time to enjoy some of the culinary treats that many set aside during the Lentin fast.

This year’s Mardi Gras will be held Tuesday, February 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Holy Cross’s multipurpose room. All Holy Cross parishioners are welcome to attend. Bring the kids, friends and relatives who would enjoy the evening out.

To help the event planners, please sign up at the poster in the gathering space, providing how many will attend and what you will contribute to the meal. Cash donatons are also welcome, to cover the cost of purchased items. See Yvonne Fisher and Betty Blackmon if interested in making a donation.

A little background: Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before fasting during the Lenten season. Click here to read the event's background and history, published at Catholic Online. 

Remembering those in Need

Holy Cross is collecting food for the Catholic Charities Durham Community Food Pantry's clients with special dietary needs. The list of the food items needed is at the bottom of this message. Place your donations in the food donation bins located in the multipurpose room. You are welcome to bring your donation for this cause when coming to the Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday.

Lent at Holy Cross

Ash Wednesday (February 26) Mass and signing with ashes will be held at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. A prayer service and signing with ashes will take place at 12:15 p.m. 

Lent offers a time to consider how we live out our Christian faith. Being signed with ashes on the first day of Lent – Ash Wednesday – provides an external sign that you are a Christian.

The readings for Ash Wednesday, especially the Gospel of Matthew, reveal three areas of our life we ought to examine to discover how we will repent and believe in the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Those areas are praying, giving alms, and fasting; in other words, consider: how is our relationship with God (prayer), our neighbor (alms), or our self (fasting). How do we love all three? – excerpted from Fr. Bart’s February 22-23 Bulletin message.

Soup and Scripture begins March 4

Holy Cross will again host Soup and Scripture evenings on Wednesdays during Lent, beginning on March 4.  Join with the Triangle Area Young Adult Scripture Group and Holy Cross parishioners in reading and discussing the upcoming Sunday readings, then stay to enjoy a bowl or two of soup. Bring a can or two of vegetables to contribute to the soup, which will simmer while we read and discuss. 

Stations of the Cross

Holy Cross will be praying the Stations of the Cross, beginning at 7 p.m., each Friday of Lent. Join with others in taking turns reading the reflections at each of the stations, and prayerfully considering the images in our unique Stations. We will conclude with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. All are invited to participate, lifting their voices in prayer and song. 

Lenten Penance Services

Penance Services are being offered at several local churches in our area (see the schedule below). All services begin at 7 p.m. In addition, Fr. Bart hears confessions every Saturday at 4-4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Contact him at if you wish to makek an appointment for confession.

  • Holy Infant Parish, March 18
  • St. Thomas More Parish, March 26
  • Immaculate Conception, March 30
  • St. Matthew Parish, March 31
  • Duke Catholic Center, April 1

Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry Dinners

You can support the good work of the Knights and take a night off from cooking dinner one night during Lent by attending one or more of their Lenten Fried Fish dinner, held in the area every Friday during Lent. They will be at Holy Cross on March 6, 4:30-7 p.m. Meals are take-out or eat in and include fixin's and desserts. Cost is $10 per plate and they are taking VISA, Master Card and cash.

The KCs will also be at the following churches 
Holy Infant: Feb 28, Mar 20, Mar. 27
Immaculate Conception: Mar. 13, Apr. 3

Special Diet Needs for Durham Food Pantry Clients

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Canned fruit, no sugar added
  • Canned vegetables, no salt added
  • Canned tomatoes, no salt added
  • Beans, reduced sodium

Sauces, soups and dressing

  • Pasta sauce, no sugar added
  • Canned soup, low or reduced sodium
  • Salad dressing, no sugar added

Meat and protein

  • Canned tuna, low sodium
  • Canned chicken breast, low sodium

Dessert and snacks

  • Applesauce, unsweetened
  • Jell-O, sugar-free
  • Pudding, sugar-free
  • Cookies, sugar-free
  • Peanut butter, low sugar or low sodium


  • Ensure
  • Boost
  • Splenda packets
  • Jelly, Jam, Preserves, reduced sugar and sugar-free
Tags: Holy Cross Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday at Holy Cross, Lenten Penence Services

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