Ash Wednesday provides an opportunity to take time for a Student Retreat Day at the beginning of Lent. The day began with Mass and the traditional blessing with ashes. As students returned to school, there was a quietness that signaled a different sort of day.
In some grades, students watched videos which help to provide focus on this sacred time of the year. Students also spent time in prayer and in service to others. Some students made door hangers for the elderly which shared messages of faith and care. Others created artistic crosses as a symbol for the Lenten Season. Student-made prayer cards in the shape of footprints will be used during a “Prayer Walk for Lent”.
Kindergartners paused in front of the A******* sculpture, which had been covered with a purple cloth for the next forty days, and talked about its meaning.
Inspired by the life of St. Teresa of Calcutta, junior high students in mixed groups focused on the Works of Mercy and prayer. Students circulated among eight stations with junior high staff leading discussions, reflections and activities. Real life applications of feeding the hungry, providing water to the thirsty, and other works brought situations in our present world into focus as we try to live the message of the Gospel each day.
Each student also made this year’s “God Picture” which are kept from each grade until graduation.