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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 29 June 2017

 

On Ash Wednesday we begin the holy season of Lent.  Lent is a time to grow closer to God and to be mindful of how God is present in our lives today.  During this liturgical season, we remember the time Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert.

 

Lent is a time for fasting to remind us that we depend on God and to be mindful of the less fortunate; Prayer to grow closer to God; Giving  to those less fortunate as what God has given us is for us to share.

 

This Lenten season consider…

  • making a donation to the Caritas Project Compassion appeal to give to those less fortunate in our lives.
  • reflecting on the readings at mass as to what it is telling you
  • doing something for others through a random act of kindness
  • praying for family, friends, strangers and our world

 

In all these ways you will develop a closer relationship with God and be His face in the world today which, just like Lent, ultimately leads to Joy.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday March 6th is Ash Wednesday. It is a significant day in the Church, as it marks the first day of Lent. Lent is the time before Holy Week where we take some extra time to pause and think about what we need to change in our lives to prepare us for the Easter season.

 

Lent lasts for 40 days. On Ash Wednesday, we will wear ashes on our forehead to show that we too are sorry for the times when we do or say the wrong things, and we think about how we can change to become better people.  The ashes come from the palm leaves and branches from last year’s Palm Sunday. These palms are blessed and burned for us to wear on this day. During Lent, the students are encouraged to try extra hard to do and say what is right. We will ask God to help us try harder in making the right choices, through penance, works of charity, fasting and prayers. We remember that God loves us so much that He gave up His only son for us.

 

We invite all families to attend the school Ash Wednesday mass on March 6 at 9:30am.

 

Although Prep students will not be attending Ash Wednesday mass, Prep parents and families are warmly invited to join our school community at this mass marking the beginning of Lent.

 

The Parish Masses for Ash Wednesday will be held as follows:

 

8.00am:      Parish Mass.

7.00pm:      Parish Mass

 

Confirmation Family Night

On Tuesday, February 26, Maria Forde facilitated an evening with Confirmation candidates, their family and sponsors. It was a night of conversation, song, ritual and reflection in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation on March 16.

 

Sacraments are a visible sign of God’s presence.  It is at this sacrament where the children grow closer to God and, as adults of the church, promise to be His presence in our world.

Thank you to all those who attended this evening.

 

Sacrament Of Confirmation

The Year 6 children will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, March 16th.  Masses are at 11:00am and 2:30pm.  Bishop Mark Edwards will be Confirming the children.  Please keep these children, their sponsors and their families in your prayers.

 

Altar Servers

Children who have celebrated their First Communion are now eligible to become Altar servers.  Notes will be sent out soon for those children who are interested.  It is a great opportunity for children to be active members of the church community.

 

Religious Education Term One Dates

 

Ash Wednesday Mass Years 1-6                 Wednesday 6 March                     9.30am

Holy Week and Easter Liturgy                     Friday 5 April                             9.30am

 

Angela Giordimaina

Religious Education Leader

 

 

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