Adelyn Tirado receives the sacrament from one of the sisters of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.
Adelyn Tirado receives the sacrament from one of the sisters of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.

Story By Christian Love / Staff Writer

Photos by Brandon Richardson / Editor in Chief

Around 30 LBCC students and employees gathered in the T Building to celebrate the season of Lent on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Ash Wednesday Mass participants kneel as the Rev. Brian Dorian of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Long Beach prepares communion.
Ash Wednesday Mass participants kneel as the Rev. Brian Dorian of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Long Beach prepares communion.

Rylie Cottriel, 19, a biology major, said, “I came today so I can have a time with God and a time to appreciate what he has given us. I want to leave this world better than when I came in. I want to encourage people.”

Ash Wednesday originated as a way for Catholics to prepare for the resurrection of Jesus 46 days later. It marks the beginning of the season of Lent, during which Catholics practice self-denial and pray for 40 days, much like the Bible says Jesus walked in the wilderness for 40 days.

Sister Su Fern Khoo of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity leads the people in song as she plays the guitar.
Sister Su Fern Khoo of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity leads the people in song as she plays the guitar.
Items are neatly arranged beside the Bible before the mid-day Mass begins in T1200 on Feb. 18.
Items are neatly arranged beside the Bible before the mid-day Mass begins in T1200 on Feb. 18.

Hector Rico, 18, a food science and technology major, said, “For me, it’s coming to worship God for an hour out of my time. Since we have time for everything else, we should worship God for a bit. God has given me everything I have so far. I just want to thank him for this.”

The Rev. Brian Dorian of St. Anthony Church in Long Beach presided over the Mass. The priest said even though people may not see or hear God, he is always here with people everywhere they go to provide protection, love and care.

Jann Rodriquez, 24, an accounting major, said, “It’s a place where you can meet Jesus on a personal level and remember why he died for us. Every time you go to Mass, there is a message that is meaningful. You’ll hear what the message is God is giving to you.”

Dorian said, “It gives me an opportunity to mix with other people and to interact in ways which people can grow. I felt touched by Jesus and wanted to share an institution.”