The Feast and then The Fast

Entering the Season of Lent

We are about to enter the season of Lent, a time to reflect on the year past, to take stock of who we are, and to plan a course for the year ahead. Lent is also a time of fasting, when we forego indulgences that distract from thoughtful reflection. The day before Ash Wednesday – Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras – is traditionally a day to enjoy a final feast before entering into Lent.

Mardi Gras – the Feast before the Fast

The men of the SJYM Men’s Supper Club are hosting a pancake supper with a Mardi Gras flair. Everyone is welcome to partake. As well as pancakes and sausages, there will be entertainment to get you into the Mardi Gras spirit.

Admission is free. There will be a free-will offering; donations will go to supporting outreach programs at St. John’s.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9,
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – continuous serving

WHERE: The auditorium at St. John’s,
enter by the side (East) doors.

Ash Wednesday – entering the Season of Lent

Ash Wednesday is one of the highest days in the Christian calendar. We prepare to enter the season of Lent, just as Jesus entered into the wilderness for forty days of prayer and reflection.

On this solemn day, St. John’s hosts two services of Holy Communion that include the imposition of ashes, that is, the marking on the forehead with ashes in the form of a cross.

MORNING: Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 a.m.

EVENING: Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.

More Information

For more information about these events, please call the church office at 416-225-6611 or send a note to


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