Dear Sacred Heart Community,
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent and all students attended our beautiful church yesterday to take part in a paraliturgy. They received the sign of the cross on their forehead with ashes from Father Aloysius. As we were leaving the church, more than one of the students in Grade 3/4 said how much they had fun. It reminded me how long it has been since they have been able to attend our church as a class.
At the staff meeting last night, we reflected on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and words from Pope Francis that I share with you below.
Pope Francis appealed again today, for an end to the war in Ukraine, for “the silencing of the guns” and the opening of humanitarian corridors to those fleeing the war.
“God is with those who work for peace, not with those who use violence,” he said.
“I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and of fasting for peace in Ukraine,” he said, repeating his appeal of last week. He called on people to make it “a day to be close to the suffering of the people of the Ukraine, a day to feel that we are all brothers and sisters and to implore God for the end of the war.”
“The one who makes war forgets humanity,” Pope Francis said.
Open our eyes and ears Lord,
so we may see and hear the goodness that surrounds us
and the needs of your most vulnerable.
Most importantly, open our hearts, so we live more like you
not only in these Lenten days but each day.
We ask these prayers through Christ our Lord,