The campus community is celebrating the season of Lent in some very concrete ways. During this “Springtime for the Soul,” join us in observing some of the following opportunities.
Lenten prayer opportunities
- Prayer Wall — Members of the campus community are invited to write prayers of petition on the prayer wall outside the Chapel of the Holy Family. The wall will be up during Lent as a way to help unify our Lenten journey during this season of prayer.
- Examen — Join us every Friday at 12:30 pm in the Chapel of the Holy Family to celebrate this Ignatian prayer.
- Morning Prayer — Join us each Thursday of the Lenten Season at 8:30 am in the Chapel of the Holy Family to celebrate this brief prayer.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament — Spend time in quiet prayer with the community each Monday between 12:30 and 2:30 pm in the Joan of Arc Chapel.
- An Evening of Taizé and Adoration — On Monday, March 24, the community will gather in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament for a Taizé-style prayer. Join us at 8:00 pm in the Chapel of the Holy Family.
- Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation — The community will gather and celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of the Holy Family.
- St. John’s Bible — Stop by the Chapel of the Holy Family to pray with the St. John’s Bible. During the season of Lent, three different illuminations will be available for prayer.
Here are some Fasting suggestions for the season:
- Fast from judging others, feast on the Christ dwelling in them
- Fast from emphasis on differences, feast on our oneness
- Fast from the darkness around us, feast on the light of Christ
- Fast from thoughts of illness, feast on the healing power of God
- Fast from words that pollute us, feast on words that purify
- Fast from withholding anger, feast on sharing feelings
- Fast from idle gossip, feast on spreading good news
- Fast from pessimism, feast on optimism
- Fast from worry, feast on trust
- Fast from guilt, feast on freedom
- Fast from complaining, feast on appreciation
- Fast from stress, feast on self-care
- Fast from hostility, feast on letting go
- Fast from bitterness, feast on forgiveness
- Fast from selfishness, feast on compassion
- Fast from discouragement, feast on hope
- Fast from apathy, feast on enthusiasm
- Fast from suspicion, feast on seeing the good
- Fast from being so busy, feast on quiet silence
- Fast from talking, feast on listening
- Fast from discontent, feast on gratitude
Each Sunday, check out the worship aid from Mass to see how the community will be invited to fast.
Stop by campus ministry to drop off your donation (or alms from not buying that cup of coffee) anytime during the season of Lent. Here are the campus goals for the 40 days:
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - $1,000.00
- Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl - $1,000.00
You can see our progress each week outside campus ministry.
Marquette University teams up with Children’s Hospital in a variety of ways throughout the year. Last summer, the university and Children’s Hospital announced a joint partnership on two nurse-managed community health clinics. Children’s is also a regular site for students participating in the Service Learning program. Additionally, many Marquette health science and nursing students complete their clinical rotations at Children’s. Nursing senior Sarah Thiry worked on the Pediatric Intensive Care floor at Children’s last YEAR. She reflects on her experience below:
Throughout my time at Marquette University in the College of Nursing, I have been blessed with a myriad of opportunities to connect with patients and families on a deep level while providing care. My interactions with the children and their families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and now in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, continually serve as a reminder that Christ is truly present within each individual. Lying behind all of the IV lines, monitors, and equipment in the room, are kids in need of love and families in need of support. I continually strive to see each day of work to be a honor and a blessing to be able to share in the journey of life with some of the most vulnerable in our community. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a truly remarkable place, where my faith has been able to come to life in new way and where I leave inspired by those around me each and every day.