On March 21st, the Anna Hurban Chicago District held a Virtual Day of Recollection. This annual district event is typically held face to face during Lent, and includes inspirational talks, reflection, and prayer, ending with celebration of Mass. Due to the pandemic, this event was cancelled in 2020, and when faced with the idea of going another year without this special event, the Chicago District members found a creative approach to continuing the Lenten tradition virtually.
Many thanks to National Chaplain, Very Reverend Peter M. Polando, who developed and presented the spiritual program. His program included a talk on Reflections on Repentance and Reconciliation, praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and praying the Stations of the Cross. The program was offered virtually, and participants were given information on how to attend by logging into a virtual meeting app on their computer or smartphone, or by calling in on their phone to hear the program. Following this beautifully inspirational program, Monsignor Polando celebrated Mass at the Cathedral in Youngstown. All were encouraged to participate by viewing the live stream of Mass on YouTube.
This new way of presenting and participating in a Lenten program was most appreciated by all attending. Thank you and much appreciation to the Very Reverend Monsignor Polando for an uplifting and inspirational afternoon, and also thanks to all who participated. Links to the recordings of the Lenten Program and the Mass are available for viewing on the Chicago District webpage.