Shrove Tuesday holds special significance in the Catholic tradition as the day preceding the start of Lent. It marks a time of preparation before the solemn season of fasting, prayer and reflection leading up to Easter.

On this day, it is traditional to indulge in rich and decadent foods, symbolising the last opportunity for feasting before the austerity of Lent begins.

It’s a time for us to confess our sin – the term shrove comes from the Old English 2shrive2, meaning to confess. As a result of this we can receive absolution and enter into a period of spiritual renewal.

In essence, Shrove Tuesday serves as a reminder of the importance of self-examination, repentance and spiritual discipline in the journey toward Easter’s celebration of resurrection and redemption.

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” – Joel 2:12