We have just entered the Holy Season of Lent with the celebration of our school Ash Wednesday liturgy. This year, we celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16th, with Holy Week occurring between April 10-14.
During Lent, the Catholic Church observes the forty days of spiritual preparation for Easter. In Lent, we are called to practice the three traditional acts that mark our spiritual observance: Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving or Charity. As we begin our Lenten journey to Easter, we offer some considerations for ways to honour this holy season of penance and renewal, both in our homes and in our school:
- Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent, as well as Good Friday, are days of fasting and abstinence: Abstinence means we eat no meat
- It is important that these days ‘feel’ different in our school and in our home. Make room for times of quiet reflection and daily family prayer, e.g., reflecting on and praying the Stations of the Cross or the Rosary
- Have visible symbols of Lent out, like a cross and Bible, a Lenten display (Example: cross draped in purple)
- Wear purple on Ash Wednesday, Fridays of Lent, and Holy Week
- In honouring our Lenten Fast of abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays, here at St. Matthew’s during Lent, we will be making a small offering by serving cheese pizza only on Friday Pizza Day lunches