For many years Sisters of Charity and Seton Associates have joined with Pax Christi New Jersey, First Friends, and other organizations in making a focus on immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers a part of our observance of Ash Wednesday. Because of COVID-19 restrictions our participation with be different this year but we are offered three ways to participate according to our capabilities:
1. Ash Wednesday will begin as in previous years with an in-person vigil at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Face masks and social distancing apply if you'd like to join us. The event will also be live streamed on Pax Christi New Jersey and First Friends Facebook pages for those of you who cannot.
2. Those who are able are invited to join in an all-day Solidarity Fast . If you register for the Solidarity Fast, reflections to use throughout the day will be sent to you. Whether you register or not, please find a way as part of your Ash Wednesday observance to join in prayer for our immigrant sisters and brothers whom the Sisters of Charity have welcomed and served for 161 years. Register for the Solidarity Fast bit.ly/SolidarityFast
3. The day will conclude with a Virtual Vigil and Panel Discussion, 7:00-8:30 pm. Register for the virtual vigil and panel discussion bit.ly/FastWeChoose
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?