Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lenten Programs for the ND Family

This Lenten season, join the Alumni Association as we honor Christ’s supreme sacrifice. A new video and a Holy Week gathering at the Grotto will unite the Notre Dame family as we embrace the greatest act of love ever: Christ’ suffering, death, and resurrection.

Pray the Way of the Cross

Throughout Lent, ND alumni, parents, and friends can pray the Stations of the Cross virtually, thanks to a new online offering from Praying the Way of the Cross is a brief video that places you at the Stations of the Cross in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. With meditative music and reflections, the video creates a spiritual experience that helps you contemplate the passion of Christ. Easily integrate this prayer experience into your day by visiting and selecting the “Lent” tab.

Lenten Offerings at the Grotto

Lenten Offerings at the Grotto unites the ND family in prayer to remember our Lord’s suffering, death, and resurrection, while also praying for our loved ones who carry their own crosses. All ND alumni, parents, and friends are invited to participate in this Holy Week gathering, which will take place at the Grotto on Monday, March 29, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

Representatives from the Alumni Association will join other members of the ND community to pray the rosary and to remember by name (or through anonymity) all of those in need of prayers. A special NDAA green candle will be lit as we offer these prayers up to God. Those who wish to submit the names of loved ones to be remembered may do so through

This experience is modeled after last year’s All Souls Day event on campus. On Nov. 2, 2009, representatives from the NDAA and other University departments gathered at the Grotto where they honored the passing of alumni family members by name. More than 3,000 alumni, parents, and friends submitted prayer requests for All Souls Day, and the group prayed for more than 13,000 people.

Learn more about these important initiatives by visiting The site offers daily prayers, Gospel readings, reflections, and other spiritual materials, including printable prayer cards. Subscribe to receive daily prayers by e-mail here.

[Courtesy of the Notre Dame Alumni Association]

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