Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. This season of preparation and reflection begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when many Christians get ready for Easter by observing a period of moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to reflect on the humanity of Jesus and the sacrifice he made for us all. On Ash Wednesday, the students will receive ashes on their forehead. The ashes historically signify repentance and remind us that we are of the earth and not perfect, but also that we belong to a global Catholic community united by the story of one man, Jesus. You may like to have a conversation with your child/ren to help them prepare for this special day. The following may help you explain what Lent is about:
During Lent, Christians are asked to do three things. The words for these are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
Prayer means to PRAY
Fasting means to GIVE UP and this can be that we give up a sometimes food or we give up being mean or telling lies.
Almsgiving is a very old word that means to give to others. So we will remember this with GIVE TO.
I encourage you to take time to reflect upon what it is that you are going to do differently in preparation for Easter. The teachers will be preparing the students in class for Ash Wednesday so that they know why they are receiving the ashes.
On Ash Wednesday the students are invited to wear a purple accessory and bring along a gold coin donation for our Project Compassion Appeal. Thanks for your support.