Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 13:45

Assumption to Focus on Migration as Part of 2017 Lenten Journey

"In the poor and outcast we see Christ's face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ." —His Holiness, Pope Francis

As we begin our Lenten journey as a community, may we grow closer to our Lord and prepare ourselves to “celebrate the Paschal Mystery with minds and hearts renewed.” Members of the Assumption community are invited during these 40 days to embrace the three virtues of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Daily Weekday Prayer and Mass Schedule

Lent 2017 schedule

8 a.m. (March 6 through 10)

12 noon (March 6 through April 12)

5 p.m. (March 13 through April 12)

Holy Week Liturgy Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 9 – 10 a.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13 – 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday, Liturgy of the Word and Veneration of the Cross, April 14 – 3 p.m.

Easter Vigil, April 15 – 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 16 - 10 a.m.

‘I Am Migration’

Drawing on Assumption’s partnership as a Global Campus with Catholic Relief Services, a primary focus of Lent this year is migration. Opportunities to learn about Catholic teaching on migration, to pray for migrants, and to advocate on behalf of migrants will be presented. Images of migrants who have been served by Catholic Relief Services will be displayed on a barren tree in the Chapel sanctuary throughout Lent, allowing us to remember these sisters and brothers in God’s family whenever we gather to celebrate the liturgy. In the midst of these images is the 1951 woodcut entitled ‘Jesus in the Breadline’ by Fritz Eichenberg. Here, Jesus stands amidst the poor and hungry who, like migrants, seek rest, fulfillment and an end to their suffering.

Screening of The Vigil
Tuesday, March 21, 7-9 p.m.
Room 112 (Alden Trust Auditorium), Kennedy Hall

The Vigil is told from the viewpoint of a female immigrant, Gina, and a small group of her fellow undocumented single mothers, Rosa and Maria, who live in fear of deportation in the state of Arizona. Unwilling to just merely survive, Gina becomes a leader of a vigil and her journey to create refuge for the immigrant community in the face of Arizona’s groundbreaking anti-immigration law takes her all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The filmmakers describe it as “a story of those who are not considered American, making American history.” Director Jenny Alexander and film advisor on immigration issues, Alexandra Piñeros Shields, will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

A candlelight prayer will follow the event at 9 p.m. in the Assumption College Chapel.

Agape Latte
Monday, March 27, 8:15 p.m.
Charlie’s, Hagan Campus Center

Assumption College Associate Professor of Spanish Esteban Loustaunau, Ph.D., will speak about how he integrates faith in his life within the context of his own immigration to the United States from his native Mexico.

Way of the Cross for Migration
Friday, March 31, 4 p.m.
Depart from Assumption College Chapel

The annual Lenten Stations of the Cross will also focus on migration. Starting at the Chapel, participants will walk across campus, stopping at various locations to learn and to pray. It will conclude at the Chapel in time for the 5 p.m. Mass.

CRS “Teach-In” on Migration
Sunday, April 2, 2:30 p.m.
Hagan Hall, Hagan Campus Center

Assumption faculty members will join with the College’s CRS Student Ambassadors to use the CRS Faculty Learning Commons, the ‘I am Migration’ awareness campaign, and the CRS ‘CST 101’ video series to help participants engage with migration particularly as it relates to Catholic social thought.

Migration Walk
Sunday, April 9th (time and location TBA)

Participants will walk in the footsteps of a typical migrant, stopping at 10 stations across campus.

Lenten Links


Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews