“I will work towards obeying God, my parents and my teachers in all that I do and say.”
During the month of February, students will be focusing on the virtue of goodness.
“ Lent strips us of all our facades, all of our masks, all ways we try to distract ourselves from this hunger we have within to encounter God and reveals us at the core of who we are, that we are made for God. “ Lent starts March 1, 2017. What are you going to ask God to do for you this Lent?
Come and join us as we begin the season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, March 1 @ 10:00. Students from Holy Spirit Academy will be traveling to St. Francis De Sales on the bus. Our Mass will help us to prepare our hearts for the Church’s most important liturgical season.
Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. On Ash Wednesday, we come together to remind ourselves that we don’t always follow God’s ways and need to ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. We wear ashes to show that we want to turn away from whatever keeps us from God, and to have a change of heart, so that we can live in a healthy relationship with God and each other. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” All of God’s children are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance. http://bustedhalo.com/video/ash-wednesday-in-two-minutes
During the Lenten season, beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 1) and running until Holy Thursday, April 13th, teachers will be focusing on the 3 pillars we use to prepare our hearts for Christ.
- Prayer: each day will begin with a Lenten Devotion (Gospel reading and reflection).
- Fasting: discussions on how students can give up something special and offer their sacrifice to God. The Church asks us to abstain from meat on Friday.
- Almsgiving: classes will be collecting coins in support of the Bishop’s Appeal. Some classes may choose to hold a bake sales, candy grams, etc. Thank you for supporting the Bishop and the many, many agencies the Bishop’s Appeal funds.
Most Gracious Heavenly Father,
You gave Saint Valentine the courage to witness to the gospel of Christ, even to the point of giving his life for it.
Help us to endure all suffering for love of you, and to seek you with all our hearts; for you alone are the source of life and love.
Grant that we may have the courage and love to be strong witnesses of your truth to our friends and family and to the whole world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.