Ash Wednesday ashes
The students of SCCS have a long-held tradition regarding the ashes used at their Ash Wednesday services.
The week prior to Ash Wednesday, during religion class, they explore the ideas of Lent: prayer, repentance, self-sacrifice, self-discipline, almsgiving, etc. Then each student is asked to write down on a small slip of paper their personal intentions for the season. All papers are gathered up and burned creating ashes that can be incorporated into the palm ashes for Ash Wednesday.
The student papers were burned at one of our owner parishes, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, during the Tuesday evening ceremony thanks to Mr. Thompson, member of the SCCS Board of Directors, Msgr. Comeault and Anna Thompson.
The season of Lent begins
The SCCS Ash Wednesday Mass was celebrated on February 18th by Fr. Paul Tinguely and was held at St. Charles Catholic Church.
The theme of the Mass was summed up in the introduction read by Ms. Baker:
God is a loving and forgiving Father. When we stray He wants us back. We are called to remember that God loves us when we say sorry. Today let us think about John the Baptist’s message to stop saying ‘No’ to God and to start saying ‘Yes’.
The intentions read by the students in Grade 3-4 included those found in Sr. Kelly’s book “Fifty Masses with Children”:
God our Father, we know you are always near, and that you never stop loving us, even when we turn away from you and do wrong. We want to live in the Way of Jesus, and we ask your help, as we pray.
- Help us to live in the Way of Jesus, and to love, trust and go to you at all times.
- Help us to treat others well, and to be ready to share with them, whenever we can.
- Help us to tell the truth, and to be honest in all that we do and say.
- Help us to live in the Way of Jesus, and to be helpful and obliging, at home and at school.
- Help us to be thoughtful and kind, and to forgive, when others hurt and do wrong.