Dear Parents & Students,
We are already more than one week into Lent. I always find it helpful for myself to reflect on the meaning of Lent. Our accompaniment of Jesus for forty days and nights in the desert. The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer, of course, strengthens our relationship with God. Fasting puts the focus on what is truly needed for our Christian lives and what distracts from it. Almsgiving helps us practice charity to become more aware of the needs of others. Each of us has particular Lenten practices that are personally meaningful. Our school Lenten practices help us observe Lent as a local worshipping community. Lenten practices of the Universal Church join us to the Christian community throughout the world. Every Lenten practice (personal, school or universal) should raise our awareness and gratitude for the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our entire school community began this period with the reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday. Daily prayer by staff and students, daily Eucharist on both sites, a form class journey through the Stations of the Cross and an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as extensive fund raising, will help each member of our school community to come closer to the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ and then to Glory in His resurrection. I wish you and yours a Blessed period of Lent.
Dr P.C. Doherty OBE