In the very near future, our Catholic Church will enter a holy season of personal and communal renewal. On Ash Wednesday, Catholics across our global community will gather as the One Body of Christ and accept the mark of our immortality and imperfection. Following that humble moment, however, we begin a journey of reconciliation and reflection as we prepare for Easter Sunday.
As the Principal of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School community, I invite you to “Come to the Water” this Lenten season. The ancient prophet Isaiah shares an invitation to grace when he wrote, “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You have no money, come, receive grain and eat; come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk.” (Isaiah 55:1)
Let’s be honest, the past two years have been an emotional roller coaster for many of us. The health pandemic, economic turmoil, political divisiveness, loss of family members and friends, and the threat of war are just a few of the things that have affected us as human beings. There is a deep craving in our hearts and minds for peace and grace, for comfort and strength, for Christ.
Lent is the perfect season for us to seek out that invitation to grace. Lent is an opportunity for us to seek Jesus, the Living Water, who invites us to come to Him with our imperfections, brokenness, weariness, exhaustion and frustrations. Christ, through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, can quench our thirst.
Tradition in our Catholic Church encourages the faithful to focus on three areas during Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Our students will have opportunities to dive deeper into each of these pillars through a variety of individual, classroom, and campus-wide activities. All families are not only invited to participate, but encouraged.
Prayer is Love for God
- The Cross of Love
- Prayers of Intention Box
- Lenten Prayer Before Meals
- Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Weekly Lenten Prayer Services: Stations of the Cross, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
- Living Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday
Fasting is Love for Yourself
- Silent Lunches on Wednesdays
- Feasting Over Fasting – A Lenten Challenge
Almsgiving is Love for Others
- 40 Cans for Lent
- Weekly Offering Collection at Masses
- Cleaning of the Church
- Grade Level Service Projects