Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parish Family,
Happy Mardi Gras! These days of fun and frivolity are a welcome distraction from the short days and cold nights of winter. Parades, masks, beads, bright colors, and food and drink can help us to chase away the winter blues, so have a little fun these days! Wear bright colors and some beads. Go see a parade or a play. Enjoy a great meal; a thick, juicy steak; some chocolate; a cookie or two; an extra dessert; or a glass of wine... whatever you like!
Of course it only makes sense to celebrate Mardi Gras with an abundance of food and drink and fun if we are going to be equally serious about the discipline of Lent. The only reason that Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)exists is that it is the day (or the season) before Ash Wednesday. This year, Lent begins early; Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 10.
May the Lord bless you, and our patron, Mary Queen of Peace, pray for you!