“What are you giving up for Lent?” is the usual question one is asked at this time. The ‘giving up’ often seems to be emphasized more than the ‘giving’: the giving of alms and the giving of time in prayer. If we were to rephrase the question to “What will you and others gain this Lent,” the outlook is one of hope. Giving more time to prayer and prayer in action – by serving others – will help all of us. We can donate a little more to those in need when we fast for the next forty days. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls Program, Unbound, and the Kids Heart Challenge are good opportunities to talk about and practice sacrifice and alms-giving with your children. May your Lenten journey be one of renewed vigor as we act with justice, love with mercy and walk humbly with God.
Yesterday, Father Crispin led an Ash Wednesday prayer service in which the students attended virtually, and he blessed the ashes, the sign of repentance. Due to the pandemic, he did not make the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes this year; instead, he sprinkled ashes on our heads. Mrs. Rudden and I then brought the ashes to the classrooms, and we sprinkled them on the children’s heads. We will also follow the Stations of the Cross virtually this year.
The mission of Catholic education is to be accessible to all who desire it whether it is financially or academically by advancing programming for diverse learners. The Archdiocese of Seattle wants to know how its schools are serving and supporting all learners. Please take a moment and read the Matthew Project post and complete the survey.
Rock On St. John is less than a month away! Tomorrow, Friday, February 19, is the procurement deadline. If you have not had the chance to fulfill your Fair Share commitment of procuring or donating an item to the auction, please do so by tomorrow. The Auction is quickly approaching so be sure to read the auction posts and get ready to bid!