On Wednesday, we begin the Season of Lent, a time for reflection and prayer so that we may strengthen our relationship with God. Over the next six weeks, students will deepen their faith by studying scripture, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation (grades 3-8), engaging in acts of kindness and charity, and examining their personal goals and actions.

This morning, students in grades 4-8 had the opportunity to listen to Fr. Leo Patalinghug speak to them about his journey in becoming a priest. He also encouraged students to attend Mass regularly, and recognized that many students may think Mass is boring. He suggested students may be disinterested in the priest’s homily because they do not understand the topic. Fr. Leo recommended that if students read the Gospel passage prior to attending Mass, they may better comprehend the message.

Fr. Leo also challenged them to be GOOD – GentleOpen-MindedObedient (not just following rules but listening to other people and paying attention to WHAT they’re listening to), and Discerning their own actions and interactions with others. This is a great message for all of us over the next 40 days. As adults, it is important that we model these qualities. So often our children see adults on TV and in movies, sports figures, and politicians, as well as family members and friends acting harshly and vitriolic in their speech and actions, and this behavior is being absorbed and repeated by our children because they think it is permissible/acceptable. Are we gentle and open-minded in our conversations? Do we treat others with respect or do we bark at them? How often do our children hear us say thank-you to a grocery store worker, the mail carrier, or a server in a restaurant? Do we go out of our way to help friends, neighbors, or even strangers in need? 

This Lent, let us all focus on being GOOD.

In Mission,

Kathleen Mock