Montini Catholic students, faculty and staff gathered on February 26th to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a solemn forty day period of fasting and penitence observed by Catholics as they prepare for Easter (April 12th).
Father Jason Stone of Mary Queen of Heaven in Elmhurst celebrated Mass with the students.
"What patterns do you need to shed to be the best person you can be?" asked Principal Kevin Beirne, addressing the students and faculty after Mass. "Take these next forty days and ask God to help you to leave these behind and become closer to him."