Lenten and Easter Blessings

As we embark upon our Lenten journey this year there will be many opportunities for each of us to participate in this special time of preparation for the greatest feast of the liturgical year. Many of us will attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, receiving the sign of ashes to remind us that our very lives are a gift from God. Perhaps we will give up one of our favorite foods or forms of social media as a daily reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Maybe some of us will choose to do something extra this Lent, like giving extra compliments, attending Stations of the Cross with our family, spending time in Eucharistic adoration, or visiting a lonely relative or friend. Whatever we choose, we will do it in solidarity with Christ’s passion and crucifixion, remembering that we are the sinners that he died to save.

Whatever small sacrifices we choose this Lent, let us remember that the season for which we are preparing is not only a reminder of the crucifixion; it is a celebration of the miracle that happened three days later! Perhaps this year we can all make an effort to live in the deep joy that the Resurrection offers us. As Pope Francis reminds us, the Resurrection is the “beating heart which gives life to everything.”

May the victory of the Resurrection and the hope of Christ among us guide our hearts and minds during these Lent and Easter seasons, and may we always strive to joyfully live the words of St. John Paul II:

“We are the Easter people, and Hallelujah is our song!”

~ Mrs. Katie Brocklehurst, Good Shepherd Catechist

Saints Serve

What is a faith without justice? As a follower of Christ, I strive to be as much like Him as possible. How is this possible without working for justice? Here at Lakewood Catholic Academy, we instill in our saints the mission to embrace and live out a faith that brings justice through our Social Justice Curriculum.

Each grade learns about an injustice in our world. They then create a service project to help bring justice to this issue.   Our Preschool and Kindergarten saints have explored hunger. 1st grade is learning and serving the veterans. 2nd grade has cared for our local elderly. 3rd grade is exploring the injustices of education both locally and globally. 4th grade is working to help save the environment. 5th grade is exploring the challenges of those with developmental differences. 6th grade is diving deeper into the problems of hunger and homelessness both near and far. 7th grade continues to learn about healthcare and what challenges face those who do not have access to healthcare. Our 8th grade saints continue to learn about microfinancing and the international refugee crisis. Each saint will experience and work towards finding justice for injustices throughout the world by the time their journey at LCA is complete.

I firmly believe that the mission of a Catholic school is not to simply educate the mind, but the heart and whole child. I believe this happens best in a community where scholars respect others’ differences both in the classroom and beyond. Each opportunity our saints have to learn and explore different issues throughout the world helps fulfill this mission.

By exposing our saints to these issues during their time at LCA, we hope to open their eyes to a world beyond their own. These experiences help prepare well-rounded scholars to embrace the challenges of a changing world. LCA’s Social Justice Curriculum will help our saints to live out a faith that does justice.

~Miss Courtney Ryan, Second Grade Teacher and Campus Minister