FATHER DAUGHTER MASS
A reminder that all fathers, grandfathers and father-figures are invited to attend our Father Daughter Mass on Sunday, 5 March at 9:30am, Centenary Hall! Thank you to all the parents who have already contacted me regarding participation – we are still looking for some volunteers interested to read, for the Offertory Procession, and as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (those who are trained and regularly assist in distributing the Eucharist in their parishes). If you would like to assist, please email me or call Ms Ryan on 9957 4722.
Many thanks also to those who attended last Friday’s Mass in the Loreto Chapel at 7.55 am. All parents, friends and the wider community are welcome each week.
Catholics around the world will wear an ash cross on their foreheads on Wednesday, 1 March as the season of Lent begins, when we remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. Our 9 Year 12 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and some staff members will use ashes from previously burnt palms from last Palm Sunday to mark the foreheads of students and staff at our Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Year 7 will also receive Ash during the Mass they celebrate at Year 7 camp.
Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving and as usual our school will be supporting the work of Caritas Australia. At our Ash Wednesday liturgy we will launch Project Compassion, Australia’s annual Lenten fundraiser which brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Our special guest speaker will be Semiti, the Director of the People’s Community Network in Fiji which is supported by Caritas.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.
Fasting is obligatory for all who are over 18 years of age and under 60 years of age, which means a person can eat one full meal and two smaller meals. Abstaining from meat is obligatory for all who are 14 years and over. There will therefore be no meat items sold at our school canteen on Ash Wednesday.
Throughout Lent, students are encouraged to seek opportunities for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent prayer will be held in the chapel each Tuesday in Lent from 8:00am. Several Religious Education classes will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Our normal Friday morning Masses may also be considered as an extra Lenten prayer intention. Students may wish to “fast” from something such as social media rather than from food and are encouraged to donate to Project Compassion throughout Lent.
Shrove Tuesday (also known fondly in Australia as Pancake Tuesday) will be celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. Making and eating pancakes has become a wonderful tradition in our school and the proceeds are donated as part of our Project Compassion fundraising.
Josie Ryan (Ms)