Lent at Iona: February 10 - March 27, 2016

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February 10 Ash Wednesday
11 a.m. Mass
3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Prayer Service, Arrigoni Center
February 10 Operation Rice Bowl begins
Every Thursday Hospitality Supper
5:30 p.m., Montgomery House
February 11 Inter-faith Forum
7:30 p.m., Thomas J. Burke Lounge
February 21 Retreat for Busy People begins
(through February 26)
February 22 Lenten Taize
8:30 p.m., Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel
March 2 Coffee House
9 p.m., Vitanza Commons
March 9 Eucharistic Adoration
8 p.m., Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel
March 15 Stations of the Cross
Noon, Meet by the ginkgo tree
March 15 Faith on Tap with Br. Gunn (for seniors)
6 p.m.
April 1 Operation Rice Bowl donations due in the Office of Mission and Ministry
Every Monday-Thursday during Lent Confession with Fr. Frank Dixon
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday
in Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel or anytime by appointment.

Please contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at (914) 637-2772 for information on any of the programs listed.

Rice Bowl Deepen your Lent by doing Operation Rice Bowl!

Rice Bowl is a way to give to our neighbors who are suffering from poverty. Of the total funds collected during Lent, 75 percent will go directly to support Catholic Relief Services’ programs around the world, while the remaining 25 percent will be given to a local soup kitchen. One dollar a day for 40 days of Lent means: One month of food for a family, two years of seed for a farmer, three months of clean water for four families. Stand in solidarity with the world’s poor by giving of yourself this Lent.

Please pick up your Rice Bowl after Ash Wednesday Mass, after the services or in the Office of Mission and Ministry. Please return the Rice Bowls to the Office by April 1, 2016. Thank you for your help! You are needed!

Interfaith Forum

Jewish-Christian Relations: Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Seeking the Future

Join Iona College and AJC for the second of two very special events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (“In Our Time”) – the Declaration by the Catholic Church which famously repudiated the Christ –killer charge and condemned anti-Semitism and discrimination of all types.

Speaker: Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt University, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
Co-editor of “The Jewish Annotated New Testament”
Thursday, February 11, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall

Contact Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., ( for more information.

Retreat for Busy People February 21 - February 26

The Retreat for Busy People takes place on campus and it's for exactly who it sounds like - busy people like you and me!

The theme of the 2016 retreat is “God’s Handiwork.”
The retreat occurs over the course of five days on campus. The retreat schedule depends on the retreatant's schedule. Each retreatant commits 30 minutes of personal prayer/reflection and 30 minutes meeting with a spiritual guide each day. A spiritual guide is someone who listens to your faith story and someone who guides you through reflection and prayer. They are individuals selected because they share in common a desire to enter into the retreat with you. This retreat is a great way to learn to reflect/pray within your busy lives.

The retreat is open to students, staff and administrators. Please contact Fr. Frank ( if you are interested.

Lenten Taize

February 22, 2016
8:30 p.m.

Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel

What is Taize?
Taize Prayer is a quiet and meditative candlelight prayer experience involving chanted songs, Scripture readings, and periods of silence. This particular spirituality comes from the ecumenical (inter-Christian) monastic community in Taize, France where over 100,000 young adult pilgrims from all around the world visit every year.

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

March 9
8 p.m.
Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel

The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us". During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to the graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
In its fullest essence... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Humanity reaching out for each other!”

Stations of the Cross

March 15, 2016

Meet outside of McSpedon Hall

Iona students re-enact the Passion of Jesus. The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus’ Passion and Death.

The Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has called on Catholics around the world to use the ongoing Jubilee year as a Year of Mercy - an invitation for love, kindness and generosity. In the papal bull Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis states: We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever
despite our sinfulness.
Suggested reading: The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church by Pope Francis