Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students
Last week our students celebrated Shrove Tuesday, which is the last day before the Lenten season begins. We had a great morning with pancakes galore! The children thoroughly enjoyed their special treat. Many thanks to the parents who assisted in making hundreds of pancakes and serving the children! Special thanks to the P & F Committee, and other parents who volunteered yesterday morning, for their organisation in preparing for the Pancake Celebration and to our wonderful families who were able to donate pancake mixture for our yummy pancakes.
Ash Wednesday was celebrated today as a school community in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. We began the Season of Lent with a Liturgy focussing on Jesus’ message ‘of loving and caring for others’.
Later this term our students will work together in communal action to raise funds for Caritas where they will be actively involved in making a difference: working towards ending poverty, promote justice and uphold the dignity for each person.
As we begin our journey through the Season of Lent, at times we see our humanity as frail and helpless, particularly with news of sad events occurring within our own family and friends or what we hear and see through the media. In Luke’s gospel we can reflect on how Lent can be a time for entering into the “wilderness” or “desert place” and grappling with the mysteries of life. Human retreat to the wilderness can be an opportunity to encounter God in the unfamiliar and to understand oneself in relation to God. It can reveal to us our capacities for right relationship with God, with each other, and with the Earth.
Adelaide priest, Fr Michael Trainor, in a wonderfully sensitive reading of Luke’s gospel, detects three ecological ethical principles in Luke’s gospel reading: 1) Earth is to be cared for and treated respectfully, not ravaged through greed; 2) All ecological and environmental engagement is grounded in and enhanced by one’s communion with God; and 3) Earth’s resources are to be respected by all and not usurped as a means of power and control by one over another.
In this time of Lent we often consider what we can offer up as a sacrifice – but Lent is not about giving up favourite foods (e.g. mine - chocolate!) or favourite activities, it’s about living more deeply and committed to others – it’s about us making more time for those people whom we love (e.g. think about leaving work a little earlier to be home with family), being more generous in our relationships with others in need, or to families and friends who need our help and support.
Lent is about us responding to God’s call to reach out to others whether they are our family, friends or those suffering - in a gesture of generosity.
As we now enter the later part of our term, (how fast this term is flying!) this week like many others, has been amazingly busy with fantastic learning and the students are full of energy and enthusiasm. It is wonderful to see and listen to the children talk about their learning with their classmates and teachers. I hope you are able to take the time to talk and listen to your children about what excites them about their learning too.
With best wishes and God’s blessing, Anne Donnelly