What is Shrove Tuesday???
Don’t bother with the internet and Our Lady of Wikipedia, she is way off the reservation on this one. When in doubt, ask Canon Rusty:
Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the verb “shrive” which is the act of confession of sins to receive absolution and do penance. Hence, we shrive (cast off) our sins in preparation of the Lenten season. This tradition dates back as far as 1000 A.D. Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of the 40-day Lenten fasting season, when the faithful are forbidden to consume meat, butter, eggs or milk. In the past, if a family had a store of these foods, they would spoil by the time the fast ended Easter Day. So what’s a family to do? Solution, add a little flour to your butter, milk and eggs and whatcha got, PANCAKES!!!
Hence the term “pancake day” was born.
So, next time you are at a cocktail party, you can impart some of your own ”Cliff Claven” wisdom.
Don’t forget, Saint Augustine’s is holding our annual Pancake Supper fund raiser for Hawthorn Heights, Shrove Tuesday, February 17th at Calhoun House on Everett Street. The flap jacks will start flipping at 6:00. $5.00 per plate, kids under 12 eat free. 100% of all proceeds go to Hawthorn Heights Emergency Teen Shelter.