On The Battle Theme of Lent

A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle:
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever

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March Mass Bulletins & EASY Blackout Poetry

March Mass Bulletins

The links for the March Mass Bulletins are below. Before you head down there, if you need some Lent inspiration, check out this post for ideas about the Stations of the Cross, and this post about Lenten sacrifices.

My favorite Lent Activity is the FREE Blackout Poetry activity that you can see on the right. Students read through the scripture about Jesus’ death and pull out keywords to create poetry…while also making some amazing artwork.

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Bishops call for renewed emphasis on faith as Australia marks 200 years of Catholic education

Canberra, Australia, Feb 18, 2021 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- Australia‘s Catholic bishops marked the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in the country this week, calling for continued renewal of Catholic education in the country and the primacy of Catholic identity, while also stressing the importance of adequate funding.

“We are fortunate to have Catholic schools in most towns and suburbs, and university campuses in most capital cities, serving students from diverse backgrounds and beliefs,” said Archbishop Anthony Fisher, OP, of Sydney, who chairs the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.

In their pastoral letter 200 Years Young, the Australian bishops challenged “all those involved in Catholic education to dedicate themselves to ensuring that our primary and secondary schools … are truly Catholic in their identity and life, are centres of the new evangelisation, enable our students to achieve high levels of Catholic religious literacy and practice, and are led and staffed by people who will contribute to these goals. This will require that, as far as possible, we retain a ‘critical mass’ of Catholic students and staff in our schools.”

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