As a school, we will be participating in all three essential disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As with last year, we are adding the discipline of community as an additional focus for us here at St. Matthew School. We will concentrate on feeding our mind, body and soul together to strengthen our “conversion of heart” with Jesus Christ. This is a time to reflect on how we can improve to be the person God truly wants us to be mentally, physically and spiritually.
Below are just some of the activities we are doing this Lent:
Praying is a conversation with God and a way to be closer to God. We are praying a decade of the rosary every morning and meditating on one sorrowful mystery each day.
The 8th Grade will be reading the “A Long Walk to Water” to all our students and we also have a presentation from the NED Show about the importance of water and need to build wells in the most needy of nations. (Week of March 18th– 24th).
We will, once again, make sandwiches for all the shelters in our local area. (March 8th)
We will have two Dress Down Days to benefit children at the Kingswood Home for Children in Rutledge, Tennessee and the elderly at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Enfield, Connecticut.
We will be making an Easter basket in each classroom to benefit families here in the St. Matthew Parish Community.
We will also be working with CRS Rice Bowl which is a Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-to-action program for families and faith communities. Through CRS Rice Bowl, we will deepen our personal experience of Lent, and hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide.
We will devote ALL our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to hopefully transform our relationship with God and all our neighbors, both near and far! We do all our good works to not get praise from God, but to thank Jesus for his amazing sacrifice.
God Bless all of us through this wonderful journey.