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Shrove Tuesday Celebrated at St. David Catholic School

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St. David Grade 8 Teacher, Lynsie Royer, cooking pancakes for the students and staff at St. David School

February 18, 2015 - St. David Catholic school celebrated Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Tuesday, by making pancakes for all staff and students. The school staff gathered at 7 am in the school kitchen and started the task of making pancakes for all 250 students and their teachers. In the Catholic faith, Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. The penitential season of Lent is a period of 40 days ending with the celebration of Easter. Eating pancakes the day before Lent started as a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar.

The students enjoyed their pancake breakfasts with their teachers. "They were yummy" commented grade 2 student Fred Ranger after finishing his meal. "I really liked the blueberry topping on my pancakes. I think the fruit was my favourite part" stated Tate Armstrong, grade 1 student. The students also learned the term "Mardi Gras" is French for "Fat Tuesday", again referring to the tradition of eating foods rich in fats and sugars on Shove Tuesday. "This is a wonderful tradition at St. David School. We have been making pancakes for the students and staff for as long as I can remember on Shrove Tuesday. It is a wonderful time to come together as a community of faith and enjoy good food and good company. It makes for a great start to the day", stated Nancy Costanzi, the school's resource teacher.

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