Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Lent begins Wednesday. What will you give up for 40 days?
Wednesday, February 13
Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent for Christians—the season before Easter meant for penance, reflection and fasting. For the next 40 days, many Chrisitans will choose to fast by giving up some sort of luxury, such as chocolate or Facebook. Many Christians also opt to "take on" something, such as spending more time with loved ones or helping the poor. Recently, many non-Christians have also participated in giving up something during Lent. What are you giving up for Lent this year? Do you have a creative idea for something to give up or take on? Why do you choose to participate? Share your thoughts below.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Novi United Methodist Church will give the ritual blessing for Ash Wednesday to Christians who pull up in their cars.
Too busy to go to Ash Wednesday service tomorrow? Just pull through the drive-through. Novi United Methodist Church will be offering blessings to anyone who pulls through the parking lot from 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday morning—and you don't even have to get out of your car. Rev. June Smith said the service of marking ashes in the shape of the cross on the foreheads of the adherents will be offered in drive-through fashion for the first time this year. She said she decided to offer the service after a Roman Catholic woman came to Novi United Methodist three years ago, looking for ashes, but no church was open. "It's been on my heart ever since," Smith said. "How can I do this so people can at least come have ashes, then be on there way to work…
Pączki in any language means delicious.
Tuesday, February 12
If you observe Lent, then you know that today is Fat Tuesday, or the last day to indulge before Lent begins on Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of 40 days of fasting, or the very least, giving up sweets until Easter. The little time left—called Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnevale or Fasnacht in parts of the world—will be celebrated with partying and indulgence until the last second of Fat Tuesday. A Polish tradition is to celebrate the last six days of Carnival, known as zapusty, beginning on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) when pączki (fried doughnuts) are eaten. In America, pączki can be found in bakeries on Fat Tuesday or Pączki Day, Feb. 12. Here's where you can find pączki near Northville: While you can get a pączki in town, some …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Let Northville Patch readers know when your school, church or organization is hosting an event.
Lent is just around the corner, and with that comes the season of Friday fish fries. Many churches and organizations host them, and the Northville Patch events calendar is a great place to share all that information with the community. If you're helping to organize one of these fish fries—or if you just want to spread the word about your favorite one—here's how to post it on Patch's calendar. First things first: Make sure you're signed into Northville Patch. If you're not a user, you can sign up with your name and email address here. Now you're ready to add your event to Patch's calendar.