Nevertheless, here are three suggestions for Ash Wednesday-themed "Valentines", for lovers who intend on celebrating Lent. "So we want to meet people where they feel comfortable, and if that's in their vehicle along Manchester Road, then we're happy to connect and meet with them there".
The history of Valentine's Day-and the story of its patron saint-is somewhat unclear and the stories are varied.
But more will only observe this practice on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday (the day at the end of Lent which marks Jesus's crucifixion, which is a day of mourning). "It's not the kind of day when we would give a dispensation". For Christians within this period prayer, fasting and alms giving obligation are performed.
"We had to pretty much double up on our purchasing", Coleman said.
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the ceremonial marking of one's forehead with ash, practiced on the opening of Lent.
Most churches are not lifting the fasting and not meat rules for Wednesday. Many Christians follow Christ's example during the 40 days of Lent prior to the celebration of Easter Sunday.
So, many will be confused either to celebrate Valentine's Day or Ash Wednesday - two completely contrasting occasions, one associated with feasting and the other with fasting.
It is a misconception that "Ash Wednesday" abstains you from being intimate. Pancakes are often eaten as a way to dispose of any rich foods such as milk, sugar and eggs before the 40 days of fasting that occur during Lent.
The irony of excess and self-denial seem to collide on Ash Wednesday.
Catholics ages 14 and above are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday as well as on all the Fridays of Lent.
For Christians, this is traditionally a time of sobriety and abstinence meant to correspond to the forty days and nights that Jesus spent all alone in the desert. This year Ash Wednesday lands on February 14 and as it quickly approaches, let's be reminded of the opportunity this holiday presents us with. A priest marks ashes on participants' foreheads to remind them life passes away on Earth.
During the season of Lent, the Student Catholic Association will have other religious opportunities for students. That is why there is an emphasis on fish fry dinners this time of year.