Term 1 Week 5 – 1st March 2023
Dear Families and Community Members,
The Catholic season of Lent is a time of reflection, renewal, and spiritual growth. It is a period of 40 days that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Lent is an important time in the Catholic Church calendar and has a rich history and purpose.
Lent has its roots in the early Christian church and was established as a time of fasting and penance in the 4th century. The 40-day period of Lent was modelled after Jesus’ own 40-day fast in the wilderness, before he began his public ministry. During this time, Jesus’ human nature was tempted by the devil and ultimately, he overcame those temptations through his self-denial and commitment to fulfilling his mission as the Son of God.
In the early church, Lent was a time for new converts to prepare for baptism, which was typically celebrated on Easter Sunday. During this period, they would undergo a period of intense spiritual reflection and preparation. Over time, the tradition of Lent became established as a time for all Christians to reflect on their faith and renew their commitment to God.
Today, Lent is still observed by the Catholic faithful all over the world. During this time, individuals are encouraged to give up something they enjoy, such as a favourite food or activity, as a way of sacrificing and purifying their souls. They are also encouraged to perform acts of charity, spend more time in prayer, go to Confession and if required, recommit their attendance at Sunday Mass.
The purpose of Lent is to provide an opportunity for individuals to grow closer to God and to become more mindful of their spiritual lives. It is a time for self-examination, for reflecting on one’s shortcomings and for making amends for past wrongs. By giving up something that is important to us, we are reminded of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and we become more aware of our own dependence on God.
Although Lent began a fortnight ago, it is not too late for you to join the College community in making a greater act of prayer, charity or self-denial as a way of coming closer to God and to others. We look forward in anticipation of Easter Sunday where we celebrate joyfully Christ’s resurrection.
Catholic Identity News
Our Project Compassion goal this Lent is to donate 700 chooks to families in Zimbabwe. You can help by adopting a chook for $7. As well as providing eggs and entertainment for the families, this also supports the farmers who rear them in the same communities. See Ms Pettersen before the end of Term to get involved.
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Ms Thomas’ class worked as a whole to create a brainstorm of charm ideas as wells as independently designing and colouring their charms then in small groups to complete basic metal smithing. Not only did the class achieve independent, large and small group work, they worked on more maths then they probably expected as they had to estimate how small their charms would shrink to as the plastic they used shrunk up to 40% of its original size when baked in the oven.
All in all, a fantastic creative activity that I am sure they will add to with other mediums as we progress though the elective.
Year 7 Welcome Dinner
Opening Mass and Smoking Ceremony