This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the Catholic tradition. Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice andwithdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is often marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. At Saint Sebastian’s the students will be focussing upon Lent as a time of journey. In their classes they will focus upon a step they can take to become more like Jesus as they journey towards Easter.
On Tuesday morning, our Year 6 student leaders will travel to St Stephen’s Cathedral to celebrate the launch of Project Compassion. They will be commissioned in their role as leaders as they work to support Caritas to raise funds for those in need. Our school community proudly supports Project Compassion over the Lenten season. The student leaders will communicate more about this fundraising initiative with you in the next newsletter. A Project Compassion box will be sent home with each family on Wednesday. If you are able to assist by collecting loose change it would greatly help our fundraising efforts.
I have included a prayer used last year at the time of Lent, as I had many positive comments from parents saying that it was a very helpful family tool.
All are welcome at the Parish Ash Wednesday Mass at St Fabian’s Church on 14 February at 9am. You are also welcome to join us for our liturgy at 2:00pm on 1 March in the chapel.