Ash Wednesday Retreat

At Holy Angels School, the beginning of Lent is marked with more than just ashes of the forehead.  The day begins with Mass and the traditional distribution of ashes.  However, the day continues with special activities when students return to school.

Primary students watched the story, The Proud Tree, and thought about ways that they could change during Lent by being more kind to others as they create a “Rainbow of Kindness”. They will also be collecting shoes during Lent for the clothing center at All Saints Parish.

Intermediate students created a calendar with “forty acts of kindness” which includes letters to assisted living residents.  They will be collecting bags to help those who participate in the meal program at St. Ben’s.  As part of the retreat day, students played the “Temptation Game” and reflected on how they would respond in everyday situations where they might be tempted to act in negative (rather than positive) ways.

Junior high students spent their morning participating in a “service retreat”. As the students moved from station to station, They wrote letters to lawmakers asking them to provide support for others in need. Students also purchased, and decorated with affirming messages, wall studs for use by Habitat for Humanity in a local construction. Junior high students were also involved with cleaning the bleachers as part of their service morning.  During Lent they will also gather “hygiene bags” for St. Ben’s.

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