Dear Parents and Community of Manhattan Catholic Schools,
We start Lenten Season next Wednesday. The 8th graders and Fr. Joe will burn palms for Ash Wednesday next week. This is a wonderful tradition that allows Fr. Joe a chance to share Catholic teachings with the students. He is a wonderful educator and the students receive so much information for their life's journey.
Lent is a penitential season of six Sundays and forty days in preparation for the high feast of Easter. Historically, Lent was the retreat-like final preparation period for catechumens, those being initiated into the Church and into the Paschal mystery at the Easter Vigil. It has become a renewal period for the already baptized faithful, the sponsoring community being inspired by the conversion of the catechumens. It is also a time for the Sacrament of Penance.
The word Lent is from the Anglo-Saxon lencten (spring). Lenctentid (springtide) was the Saxon name for March because March is the month in which days begin to lengthen (also a root of "lent"). The Great Fast, falling as it does largely in the month of March, adopted and adapted the term.
The 8th grade has started practice for "Living Stations of the Cross." They will perform for the school on Wednesday, February 25 at 8 a.m. The students will perform on March 6 at Seven Dolors at 6 p.m. and St. Thomas More on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and service. The Knight's of Columbus will have a Fish Fry at each Church following "Living Stations of the Cross."
God Bless You All!
Saturday, April 18, 2015