Lent is the penitential season of approximately 40 days set aside by the Church in order for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. During this holy season, connected to the Paschal Mystery, the Catechumens prepare for Christian initiation, and current Church members prepare for Easter by a recalling of Baptism and by works of penance, that is: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Even in the early Church, Lent was the season for prayerful and penitential preparation for the feast of Easter. Although the obligation of penance was originally only imposed on those who had committed public sins and crimes, by medieval times all the faithful voluntarily performed acts of penance to repair for their sins.
The liturgical season of Lent coincides with spring, calling to mind the new life and growth, the hope and change that should characterize this time of prayer, penance and conversion. In addition to our weekly all school mass, we gather each Wednesday at 2:30 to walk with our Lord in the Stations of the Cross. We will also commemorate Good Friday with a Lenten retreat day on March 25th. Our kindergarten through sixth grade students will spend the morning with various activities planned by the teaching staff. On Holy Thursday we will gather to watch our 6th grade students reenact the Last Supper. We will gather at 2:00 in the Church for Living Stations on March 25th. School will not be in session Easter Monday, March 28th.
The word Lent is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word lengthen or lencten meaning "spring." We are "to spring" into action, to do the tasks of the season, to prepare for the new growth and graces that overflow from Easter. Spring is the most important season for a farmer, because it determines what crops he will plant. Once decided, he prepares the soil thoroughly and plants the seed carefully, hoping that the seed buried deep in the soil will produce an abundant crop.
During Lent our hope is that the seeds planted by our belief and our faith will produce in us a more active faith life; a greater call to action to serving our church and each other.
I urge you to participate in our County Fair on March 5th at the Fairgrounds. This will be a family day with multiple activities planned in addition to a wonderful meal. Our Home and School Association, under the direction of President Ryan Dunn, have worked hard on this event. Please show your support- it’s also a great way to spend time with other members of our community.
Our 8th grade students will work at the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry on Friday, March 4th to help raise funds for their end of year trip to the Mall of America. Thank you for the many ways your support our school.
Spring Break is scheduled for the week of March 14-18. Classes will resume on Monday, March 21st. School is not in session Friday, March 11th for Professional Development.
May the Lenten season be a time of reflection, prayer, and a renewed sense of faith for all of us as we await the joys of Easter.