Alverno Heights Academy Celebrates Ash Wednesday

Alverno Heights Academy celebrated Ash Wednesday as a community on its beautiful terrace. AHA Campus Ministry students reminded the attendees that Lent is not simply a time to cut out bread, soda or chocolate. It is also a time to bring something into everyone’s lives, maybe it is more time with family, or doing community service or deepening relationship with God. Lent is a time to look inward and share one’s gratitude with those they love.

During the prayer service Campus Ministry passed out a pack of seeds to everyone. On this pack students wrote two things – one thing that they chose to give up during this time and on the other side they wrote something that they wanted to commit to during Lent. Students are encouraged to nurture these commitments as they move through this Lenten season.

Campus ministry shared “The idea is that what you sacrifice – like limiting time on social media – will help you grow the time spent with friends and family. By the end of Lent and when we return from spring break we will see the beauty of this sacrifice and reflection when all the seed packs have sprouted flowers in our Lenten planters.”

“We hope you have an empowering and reflective Lenten season.”

Alverno Heights Academy, 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, (626) 355-3463 or visit

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit





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