We are in the second week of Lent. I hope parents will avail themselves of this time to prepare their children to have a meaningful Lent. The school will engage the children in the meaning of the season in a number of ways.
During the season, the students of different classes will present the Stations of the Cross in Church. The sixth grade led the school on Friday. The other dates for the student led stations are March 8, 15 and 22. Start time is 10 a.m.
One aspect of Lent is penance. Our second graders will celebrate First Reconciliation this Friday, March 1. Other classes will also have the opportunity to go to confession. Fr. John is working on appropriate times.
Of course, the children think of penance as giving up something. My recommendation is that any of their own money which they save, they put in the penny collection which is part of the Student Council’s Works of Mercy Campaign. Money collected in the penny drive will go to Elizabeth House.
To cap off Lent, we will have our annual Trek on Wednesday, March 27, the last day before Easter vacation. Although the entire student body participates, the 8th graders have a special leadership role, particularly when they do the Living Stations.
A priest once preached on Lent and used the following words. At first they caught me off guard. Then, upon reflection, they came to have a lot of significance for me. “Have a great Lent.”