“Lent comes providentially… to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy”
See the Problem, Be the Solution Assembly
This past week, we gathered as a faith community to review the importance of working together to create a kind, caring culture that speaks out against bullying behaviours. All classes participated in developing a class pledge and created various media works to highlight messages about inclusion. Special congratulations to Alexia F., whose submission will represent Holy Cross at the Board-level See the Problem, Be the Solution gala event!
We thank (and congratulate) the DREAM team – student leaders who promote Diversity, Respect, Empathy, Acceptance and Motivation – for their leadership and outstanding presentation. A special shout out to the Senior Dance team and the Choir for contributing to the presentation through their wonderful artistic gifts.
Mrs. Sims, Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Cottrell, Ms. Logozzo: we cannot thank you enough for taking on the organization of this important event and for your passionate commitment to improving the school culture. We are determined to keep the messages from the November Anti-Bullying Assembly alive!
Lent begins this week!
As a community of faith, we will enter into the season of Lent on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The ashes in our celebration come from the palm branches used last year for Palm Sunday. These branches are collected and burned down so that only the ashes remain. The mark of ashes on our foreheads reminds us that we are called to turn away from sin and commit ourselves to the Gospel.
Please consider joining us to receive the Ashes at our service at 10:00 a.m. in our gymnasium. Our Grade 5 classes will be leading us in that very special Liturgical celebration – thank you, Mr. Main, Mr. Sutton, Mrs. Cottrell, and Mme Peric, for organizing the event.
The Tuesday before Lent begins is traditionally observed as Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras). Our Catholic School Council is preparing to offer a pancake snack each of our students. We thank all of our volunteers for the gift of their time that they are donating to our school to prepare the pancakes for our students.
Prayer, Fasting and Alms giving: Hallmarks of the Lenten season
The Season of Lent is a period of 40 days (not counting the Sundays of Lent) ending on Holy Thursday. It mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before starting his public ministry. Today, the Church spends these 40 days of Lent in prayer, fasting, and works of charity to prepare for the joy of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.
Throughout the 40 days of Lent, special opportunities to gather in prayer, both at school and at Church, will be noted in our calendar and in our Weekly Update. Father Dave has shared that during Lent, Stations of the Cross Observance will be held on Fridays at 7pm.
Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fasting and abstaining from meat. All Catholics, in good health, between the ages of 14 and 60 are required to fast from food. Catholics, regardless of age, are obligated to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday. The reason for our fasting is to grow in hunger for God. Fasting can mean simply taking less food at our daily meals.
Alms giving, or charitable works, may include monetary donations, but may include the gift of time and talents. This year, at Holy Cross, we would like to launch a Lenten Project that supports both the less fortunate, and the environment: the Milk Mat Project.
MILKBAGSunlimited was launched by Angela Kesthely in Toronto, Ontario following the devastating Haitian Earthquake of 2010. The plastic outer shells of 4-litre milk bags – which do not disintegrate into landfills — are cut and woven into mats to be used as mattresses or, table covers for surgery use. While providing finished milk mat mattresses to people who have nothing but bare earth or cardboard to sleep on, and saving the planet from discarded, non-recyclable milk bags, the initiative also gives people the tools and the coaching, to create income opportunities. https://milkbagsunlimited.ca/how-to/
Please send in your clean, outer shells of any 4-litre milk bags throughout the Lenten season. Special thanks to Ms. Logozzo and to the ECO team for their support in launching this initiative!
Holy Cross Tip
February’s Mental Health Tip: Doing good does you good. Evidence shows that helping others (volunteering, engaging in charitable initiatives) is beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
Please check our school calendar found on our school website to keep on top of upcoming events:
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