New Providence holds Traditional Shrove Tuesday Supper at Faith Lutheran Church

(above, l-r) The chefs and kitchen staff take a momentary break. Front row:Jessica, James and Andrew Short; back row Steve Short, Desiree Bouchat, Monika Bouchat, and Jim Kwan

Shrove Tuesday Supper at Faith Lutheran

Submitted by Larry Holt

On the evening of Mardi Gras, February 25, 2020, the day before Ash Wednesday, members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence shared in a traditional Shrove Tuesday supper of pancakes, ham and berries. The evening included decorations of Mardi Gras.

Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians undertook many years ago. In shriving, Christians confess their sins and receive absolution for the sins. Since Lent is a time of abstinence, Shrove Tuesday was viewed by Christians as their last chance in forty days to indulge themselves. They would eat the foods that were not allowed in Lent and particularly the foods that would spoil. Pancakes were often chosen as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

The chairperson of Faith’s Shrove Tuesday Supper, for the fifth consecutive year, was Jessica Short of New Providence.

The pastor of Faith is Rev. Jane McCready. The address is 524 South Street, New Providence 07974. Reach by phone at 908-464-5177 or visit online at

(above, l-r) The Carovillano family, Natalie, Marci, Audrey, and Steve, of New Providence enjoys the Mardi Gras props and decorations.

(above, l-r) Donna Wlodarski, Jessica Short, and Walter Wlodarski serve pancakes and ham. For the fifth consecutive year, Jessica Short of New Providence was the chairperson of Faith’s Shrove Tuesday Supper.

(above, l-r) Andrew and James Short have fun with their Mardi Gras glasses, mask and beads.

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