Weekly Letter (Feb 21 ’17)

Dear Parents and Students,

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent. The entire student body will attend Mass at 1:45 with Father Vito celebrating. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

Many of us see this as a time to get ready to celebrate Easter. In a sense it is the preparation period for us. And just like we prepare to have visitors in our home, we want to be ready to celebrate and share in the resurrection of Jesus. I would encourage you and the kids to both give up something (bye-bye Diet Pepsi) and take up something (hello expanded prayer life).

During Lent the students in grades 4 – 8 make a practice of attending Stations of the Cross. This is a way to remember and reflect on the trials and tribulations of Jesus. This year we will be attending Stations every Friday at 11:30 in Church. This time was selected so parishioners who are here for the noon Mass can join with the kids. Please feel free to join us if you can.

Terrence Hanley


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