Preparing for Lent

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Lent

Preparing for Lent

Pancakes are filling the stores, and carnivals are taking place across the globe this week. These are two ways in which Catholic communities prepare for Lent. Mardi Gras, literally means “Fat Tuesday” and is the ‘last hurrah’ before Lent. As Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and alms giving, kitchens need to be cleared out and fat used up before the great fast begins – hence the pancakes. During assemblies this week I will be challenging pupils to think about four different Lenten practices:

1) Praying for peace – both around the world and in their own hearts. Pupils will be encouraged to pray for those who that don’t get along with. We will be using the Parable of the Good Samaritan during Lent to meditate on loving our enemy.

2) Volunteering – giving up time to help others. Next week a variety of opportunities for volunteering with be available.

3) Strengthening our relationship with God – during Lent we are encouraged to increase our prayer life. This may involve coming to our Eucharistic service every Tuesday, Adoration on a Friday or Lent lunch on a Wednesday.

4) Fast and abstinence – the Church asks us to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This means refraining from eating meat and having just one main meal and two small meals. During Lent it is also tradition to do without something we love. How about giving up TV or Facebook?

Please follow some of these ideas up with your form groups so that we can begin to decide how best to participate in Lent, in preparation for Easter.

Have a fun filled week before the great fast begins.

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