The upcoming season of Lent offers more opportunities for Scecina students and staff to experience and live our Catholic Christian identity than at any other time during the school year.
Lent is the period before Easter that we Christians devote to fasting, abstinence, and penitence. As Pope Francis has said, "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy." The period commemorates Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.
Director of Campus Ministry Maria Siap again has produced a Lenten schedule that will deepen the spiritual experience for our school. We’ll be able to adore, to confess, and to reflect collectively and individually.
Our Ash Wednesday service next week at 9:35 a.m. will be led by Father Paul Koetter of Holy Spirit Parish.
On Friday March 3 we will mark the Stations of the Cross, or the Way of the Cross. You can learn more about this Catholic devotion that follows Jesus’ last day at www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php
We have set aside two days, March 9 and March 16, for adoration in our chapel in St. Francis Hall. Theology classes will rotate so that someone is continuously with the Blessed Sacrament. Students also can receive passes to pray in the chapel.
The gymnasium will become a solemn space for reflection and prayer on during students’ resource periods on March 31. Several priests from the East Deanery parishes will be with us. Students can use the space to examine their conscience and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students who are not Catholic also may speak with one of the priests during this time, if they wish.
Our Lenten observance as a school will conclude on April 14 with our Good Friday service at 12:10 p.m. in the gym. You are welcome to join us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Siap at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, our Lenten practices are an important facet of being a great Catholic high school. I wish you and your family peace this Lenten season. I also invite you to the baseball team’s Ash Wednesday Fish Fry from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 1 in the cafeteria. This is a great tradition for breaking your fast on Ash Wednesday.