Some people often do not look forward to Lent. Childhood memories of giving up favorite foods or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross come immediately to mind. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.
Placed in the right context and with the intent of encouraging a journey of faith, Lent can easily be seen as a “yearly second chance”. Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Lent becomes that second chance to “return to God with our whole heart.”
And here lies the crux of the matter- Lent is a season of repentance and renewal. We turn away from our transgressions (sins) and recommit ourselves to following Jesus.
This is what we have been saying to our students as they experience our Reconciliation prayer service as part of our Liturgical calendar for this term. Devoid of using words that we may associate that sense of enduring some form of trial, rather Fr Joe and Fr John have been reminding our young people that Lent and Reconciliation become a time for personal reflection that will hopefully be transformative. And that transformation is most readily seen in a renewal of our commitment to follow in the footsteps of Christ- to be a people who are forgiving, who seek forgiveness, who are compassionate and generous to others, who act with goodness and are thankful for the gifts and blessings we have in our lives.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast