Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day in the season of Lent. Lent is a beautiful way to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us and prepare us for the Easter season. During Lent, we can try to become closer to God through prayer, fasting, and giving to others.
On Ash Wednesday we usually go to Church to receive ashes on our forehead, which are the burned up palms from last Palm Sunday. If you are unable to go to Church this year your family could reflect at home using the Ash Wednesday At Home resource provided by the Diocese of Westminster.
When we are at school we take our Lenten promises for a special blessing from Father Christopher.
Every year during Lent we traditionally support the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) and during this pandemic some of our families have really appreciated the help they have received from the CCS. This year the CCS Lenten Challenge is: “Will we bend down and help another to get up?”
In his recent encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’, Pope Francis sets us a challenge:
“Each day we have to decide whether to be Good Samaritans or indifferent bystanders . . . Will we bend down and help another get up? This is today’s challenge, and we should not be afraid to face it.”
This Lent the CCS is asking schools to take up Pope Francis’ challenge and help local disadvantaged children and families in their time of need.
Giving is one of the ‘5 Ways to wellbeing’ and it’s important to remember that Lent is not just about giving something up-but more importantly giving to others, for example if you give up chocolate, you could put the money you save into the CCS collection box and thus help someone in need.
Have a look at the resources below and think about how you can help others and the difference that you can make:
Lenten Challenge Overview: An introduction to this year’s appeal and activities
Interactive Lenten Calendar: Pupils can reflect on how they are helping others during Lent
Although we are not at school, our school family will still continue our Lent traditions. CCS boxes will be available for collection outside school and Father Christopher will be joining our live assembly on Monday. Before then, reflect on your Lenten journey this year and please do share your thoughts below.
What is your Lenten promise for 2021?
How can you rise to the challenge set by Pope Francis and be a good samaritan?
How will you become closer to Jesus during Lent?