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Lent at Scecina: Mercy wins

Christa Ewing (left) and Sloan Shocaroff-Jones were among 14 seniors who helped lead the school in the Stations of the Cross on Feb. 19.


This Lenten season, the 40-day period leading to Easter, offers an excellent chance for our students and staff to have profound experiences in the practice of our Catholic faith. This Lent we at Scecina have had many opportunities to deepen our faith and discipline our hearts.

I want to thank Director of Campus Ministry Maria Siap and Margaret Zeh-Fulford, Chair of our Catholic Theology department, for developing a multi-faceted approach to our Lenten journey this year. They chose to focus on First Corinthians, Chapter 9, in which St. Paul reminds us that, just as we must train our bodies before we can run races, we likewise must train and discipline ourselves spiritually in order to be imitators of Christ. They also chose the Lenten theme of “Mercy Wins” with an invitation to meditate on God’s mercy.

Students have received cross bracelets.

“The story of Easter is the story of God’s mercy for each one of us,” Mrs. Siap said. “If we want to become more like Christ, if we want to win the race, we must cultivate mercy, because Mercy Wins.”

For Lent your children have received a cross bracelet and bib number similar to those used by runners in a race. The bracelet is a sign to remind them to keep going when they are struggling. On their bib number is a Bible verse to help them on their journey.

On our Lenten journey so far at Scecina:

  • We celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday to remind us that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.
  • On Feb. 19 our seniors led the school in the Stations of the Cross, the 14-step Catholic devotion in which we remember Jesus’ Passion and death.
  • With their theology classes on Feb. 26, our students experienced Adoration in St. Francis Hall Chapel. Throughout the day several faculty and administrators kept vigil with prayers over the Blessed Sacrament.
  • This week students and staff had the opportunity to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or confession, thanks to several visiting priests from the East Deanery.

We will observe Good Friday as a school on March 25 as we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross.

I invite you to join us on our Lenten journey through your prayers for God’s grace and mercy and, as always, for His blessings on our Scecina community.

Joe Therber