Students and college employees gathered to celebrate the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, in T1200 at the LAC.
About 30 people attended the Mass.
Jesus Perez, 19, a business major, said, “Personally, it can help find myself spiritually … got to find God somehow.”
The celebration began with confessions from 11:15 a.m. to noon and continued with a Mass organized by Dele Ladejobi from noon to 1 p.m. Ladejobi, a full-time librarian, organized the Mass.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. Consisting of penance, reflection and fasting in preparation for Easter. Ladejobi said, ashes are placed on the foreheads of Christians and Mass participants as a reminder of human mortality and as a sign of mourning and repentance of God.
“Ash Wednesday Mass at LBCC is an opportunity for the LBCC community to conveniently participate in this crucial event,” Ladejobi said.
She added that Ash Wednesday at LBCC started when she was the club adviser for the LBCC Be the Change Catholic Club.
“This club is no longer charted but we continued with the tradition of Ash Wednesday,” Ladejobi said.
Sister Sufern Khoo from Verbum DeiHigh School said, “We usually have 20 to 30 people, it’s important for them because they usually can’t make it … I would come for five people.
“People who don’t usually come to masses do, there is some symbolic about the ashes on their head.”
Roland Ticzon, a buyer in the LBCC purchasing department, said, “It reminds you of the sacrifice that God made to save us.”
“I enjoy coordinating and continuing this tradition at LBCC because everyone benefits immensely from having a Mass conveniently located on campus,” Ladejobi said.