Holy Spirit Hosts Two Events To Kick Off Lent


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Mardi Gras celebrations are rooted in the history that people should “eat, drink, and be merry” before Lent, a season of fasting and penance, begins. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting two events – a wine tasting and a pancake supper — in the spirit of Mardi Gras.

For the second year in a row, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting a “Spirited Wine Tasting,” where you can sample a wide variety of wines from Verona Wine Cellar and delicious hors d’oeuvres created by The Fruited Plain, a Parsippany-based caterer owned by Verona residents Rosemary and Drew Gabbe. The Mardi Gras-themed event will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 36 Gould Street, Verona. Purchase tickets in advance for $35/person and $60/couple; $40/person at the door. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

The Annual Pancake Supper takes place the night before Ash Wednesday, traditionally known as “Shrove” or “Fat” Tuesday. The Pancake Supper, a tradition at Holy Spirit, is an opportunity for fun, friends, and pancakes, on the night before the Season of Lent begins.  The Pancake Supper takes place on Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 adult / $7 children ages 6-12; under age six is free.  You will receive a $2 discount on either if you bring a box of pancake mix or a bottle of syrup for our Food Pantry.

Please make checks for the Wine Tasting and/or Pancake Supper payable to the Church of the Holy Spirit and send to 36 Gould Street, Verona, NJ 07044 or you may pay online at www.holyspiritverona.org.

On Ash Wednesday, March 6, Holy Spirit will offer “Ashes to Go” in front of the church on Gould Street between 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Services and Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7 a.m. and 12 noon. There will be an Ash Wednesday Service for Children at 3:30 p.m. in the historic Chapel at 36 Gould Street.

About Holy Spirit: Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2019, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona is a community that joyfully explores and shares our faith, serves others, and welcomes all.  Its Food Pantry, established in 2016, serves more than 55 shoppers each month and continues to grow. The Church is also home to the Creative Beginnings Preschool.

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