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What is Lent?

Lent is forty days of preparation for Easter. During Lent, we are encouraged to participate in three actions: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In these three ways, we grow closer to God, to our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ and become more the persons God has created us to be.

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Lent 2018

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You can change the World!

Lent is here and so is  ♥ !  Do you feel like you are just packing Christmas safely away? In many ways, life overlaps and, YES,  Lent is here!

Arriving at church on February 14, you will be greeted by the Priest robed in a purple vestment, inviting us to “Turn away from sin and believe the Good News” with the distribution of Ashes. Purple is not an ordinary color. Blend Red with Blue together carefully and Purple emerges.  In our lived reality, red and blue are used to express opposites in thought, values, beliefs and many practices.

2018 Front Quarter Fold CoverPurple vestments, through experience and tradition, place our psyche and spirit into a “get ready” mode. Donning a purple vestment, using purple candles and other purple toned articles, we prepare for repentance, conversion and renewal. Something is different, new, revived or re-stored. Christmas or Easter emerges following our preparation and experience. Wear purple differently this Lent. Wear it knowing the blending of thought, prayer and actions can work together to change you and to really affect and change our world. The Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to join us on this 40-day journey of change.

Each act of kindness, generosity, forgiveness, sacrifice, remembrance and adoration performed through Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving –can change the world, one act at a time. Students in school are using “40Acts” stickers to remind themselves of little actions that make a world of difference. Families at home can use the calendar that unfolds here, to track 40 ACTS Open Hearteach person and family’s actions that changes them, each other and ultimately affects the world. Be creative in posting your “40Acts” on your calendar, use stickers, happy faces, selfies and other emojis.

The story of Mission extends through 40 days of Lent and unfolds each week. Visit for the journey, the walk with Jesus, with prayers and suggested readings. Mission Stories of our Sisters will invite you into their ministry and to the revelation that God is indeed good!

May your journey this Lent open your heart and spirit to the presence of God in your life and how important we all are in the care of our Common Home.

Leonore Coan Signautre


Sister Leonore Coan, SNDdeN