Every year, we come together on Shrove Tuesday to share a pancake dinner and raise funds for our youth group. This year, the format is a little different, but the celebration will be as joyous as ever!
What is Shrove Tuesday and what’s with the pancakes?
It’s the day before Ash Wednesday. The name comes from the old word “shriving” which means forgiving sins. Traditionally, Anglo-Saxon Christians would go to Confession the day before Lent began. Another tradition was to use up all the rich foods like butter, sugar, and eggs that would be given up for Lent — and pancakes were the way to do that!
I heard something about a pancake RACE …?
Supposedly back in 1445, a woman was so busy making pancakes that she lost track of time. When she heard the church bells ringing for the Shrove Tuesday mass, she ran as fast as she could and arrived still carrying her pancake in the pan. Nowadays, pancake races are a tradition, especially in England and Ireland — and in our parking lot on February 16!
So how do I participate?
Between now and February 16, click here to make your donation and sponsor the runners. Will you donate at the Gargoyle Gallop level, the Flipping Friar, or the St. John’s Syrup — or more?
Then on Tuesday, February 16, prepare pancakes for your household and hop onto Zoom to share in the festivities:
5:30pm Pancake Race + Fundraiser: Youth and clergy runners in the parking lot, livestreamed on Zoom
6pm Pancake Supper: Everyone gathers virtually in their homes to share a Pancake Supper, with Break-Out Rooms for fellowship and conversations about Lent
6:30pm Liturgy for the Burning of the Palms: livestreamed on Zoom, we will burn the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday worship to make the ashes for this year’s Ash Wednesday commemoration.
You will be able to pick up a small bag of the ashes at the church between 10am-noon on Ash Wednesday, February 17, in preparation for the online children’s liturgy at 5:30pm or the online all-parish service at 7pm.
Get ready to donate, cheer, eat, and celebrate!