The lent season has begun.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Why we receive the ashes?
Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told "Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return."
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.
We at the Sr. Borgia elementary School celebrated the beginning of the Lenten Season with an Ash Wednesday Service at our school. The students heard the meaning of the Lenten Season and then received the ashes on their foreheads.
“We are called to serve one another”
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa, is a narration of the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ on earth that continues to provide spiritual conviction for every Christian and application to our lives. The Stations of the Cross serve as a stark reminder of the humble manner in which Jesus was willing to set aside any privilege of deity in order to provide a path to salvation through His sacrifice
In the coming days we will be placing the stations and prayers on the website.
ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart I am sorry for all my sins, because by them I have offended Thee, Who art infinitely good. I will die rather than offend thee again.
Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Jesus, suddenly a woman comes out of the crowd. Her name is Veronica. You can see how she cares for you as she takes a cloth and begins to wipe the blood and sweat from your face. She can't do much, but she offers what little help she can.
As a child, sometimes I know someone could use a little help and understanding. They may be picked on or teased by others, or just sad or lonely. Sometimes I feel bad that others don't step in to help, but I don't help either.
As an adult, I notice the needs around me. Sometimes my own family members crave my attention, and I don't even seem to notice. Sometimes a co-worker, friend, or family member could use help or understanding, but I don't reach out to help lest I be criticized, or that they demand more of me than I'd like to give.
My tender Jesus, Who didst deign to print Thy sacred face upon the cloth with which Veronica wiped the sweat from off Thy brow, print in my soul deep, I pray Thee, the lasting memory of Thy bitter pains.
Visit from the Rotarty Club
We are glad to announce that for two weeks we will receive the Rotary District 7090 (Niagara Canada and USA) Vocational Training Team at our school.
These Rotarians have given their time to us at the Sr. Borgia Elementary School in different forms.
Last week we had a wonderful musical concert by Mr. Michael Hogg who entertained us with his harmonica and guitar.
Mrs. Laura Chatterton came and gives a teambuilding session to the staff and the group 6 students.
She also worked together with Tr. Francesca in the afternoon school.
This week we will be having Mrs. Lezlie Murch who will be working in the afternoon school.
Mrs. Jean Montgomery will be working with the care team.
Mr. Darren Luong will be discussing with the group 7 & 8 about the use of IT.
Mrs. Laura Chatterton will also come back and assist in the afternoon school.
We are very thankful for the assistance given by the Rotarians.
Each year in the month of March we have different workshops where students choose which workshop they would like to attend for three weeks. In these workshops different aspects within the curriculum are taught. This year our topic is Arts & Crafts using paper.
See pictures of the different classes at work in the Gallery.
On March 26th, 2015 we will be having a presentation on the different art forms. Continue tracking the website for further updates.