WAVERLY (SNR) – Men and women are invited to start the season of Lent by reflecting on the theological virtues received at baptism, with an Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection at Waverly.
Father Nicholas Kipper will speak on “Growing in faith, hope, and love this Lent” at the Recollection Day March 6, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly. Attendees are asked to bring $10 and a meatless bag lunch for themselves.
Father Kipper invited all to “allow some time away at the beginning of Lent for reflection, prayer, and silence.”
This annual day of recollection at the retreat house is sponsored by the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW), an organization of all Catholic women in the Diocese of Lincoln which enriches the lives of its members by pursuing projects designed to further spiritual and family life in all parishes and communities in southern Nebraska.
During Mass on Ash Wednesday, ashes are imposed on one’s head as a sign of conversion from sin, as the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” The ashes are also a reminder of one’s mortality, as the priest may alternatively say, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day season of Lent with a day of fasting and abstinence, and so the ashes are also symbolic of the penance, prayer, alms-giving and fasting done through the season which prepares us to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The March 6 Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection for men and women starts with 9 a.m. registration and 9:45 a.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The day includes conferences, confessions, stations of the cross, rosary and Benediction, with the 2 p.m. closing Mass ending about 3 p.m. No advance registration is required. The cost is $10 and participants should bring a meatless sack lunch. Drinks will be provided.
Ordained in 2006, Father Kipper served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph and St. Patrick in Lincoln, and taught at Pius X High School. In 2008, he became the assistant editor of the Southern Nebraska Register, and in 2011 he became the editor. In 2015, he was named the pastor of St. James Parish in Cortland. In 2017, he was appointed the director of communications and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Lincoln. He is currently in residence at St. Michael Parish in Lincoln.
“The Lord gives us opportunities every day to grow closer to him through an increase in faith, hope, and love,” Father Kipper said. “The season of Lent is a time to look at our relationship with God, know his love for us, and see how we might be more receptive to his grace.”
Participants should observe quiet in the hallways. Call the Retreat House for weather cancellation information, 402-786-2705. Questions may be directed to Caroline Helget, 402-419-0460.