February 17, 2015 (Kansas City, Kan.): Students learned the best way to flip a pancake by visiting the cafeteria and getting lessons from Bishop Ward Chef, Rick Atallah, while other juniors had a chance to eat some local pancakes from Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant.
Junior Theology teacher, Celia Fox, taught students that today is most commonly referred to as Mardi Gras which literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. She explained the history of today’s celebration.
“The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The day is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from “to shrive,” or hear confessions) or Pancake Tuesday. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins,” said Fox.
All of this is done in preparation for the Lenten season as Bishop Ward and the rest of the Catholic community prepare for Ash Wednesday tomorrow and the season of Lent. Please join Bishop Ward High School in this sacred Mass on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:14 a.m. in the Willard L. Phillips Memorial Auditorium.