Free pancake dinner at shrine

MARIA STEIN – On Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, also commonly referred to as “Fat Tuesday,” the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics will be hosting a free pancake dinner starting at 6 p.m. The dinner will be held on the third floor in The Upper Room.

Shrove Tuesday falls right before Lent, which is a time of absolution and penance for many Christians. During the 40 days of Lent, some people fast, while others give up something they enjoy. The reason pancakes are eaten on this day is because they were a good way for people to use up their milk, eggs, sugar and flour.

After the dinner, at approximately 7 p,m,, participants will gather in the Adoration Chapel for the Burial of the Alleluia. During the season of Lent the church does not use the word alleluia – a joyful cry of praise to God. The omission of alleluia during Lent goes back at least to the fifth century in the western church. Many churches embrace the practice of physically “burying” the alleluia as a symbol of this solemn Lenten change. The ceremony will be led by Deacon Clif Perryman.

The family-friendly event is open to people of all ages. A free will donation will be accepted.

The shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit