What’s Been Happening in Religious Education and Mission

Joining the Bethany College community has been an absolute privilege for me.  The students are an amazing group of young women and I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know them.  They are welcoming, polite, hardworking – an absolute credit to their families.

The Religious Education Faculty have had a busy start to the year with our opening school mass and Ash Wednesday liturgies so early in the year.  The ceremonies were very beautiful and your daughters added to this with their prayerfulness and reverence.  I could not have been more impressed with your daughters. 

People often don’t look forward to Lent.  Sometimes, our childhood memories of giving up chocolate or lollies or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross come immediately to mind.  Words like “sacrifiice”, “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.

Perhaps, Lent could be seen though as a yearly second chance?  Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long look at our lives to see if our values and prioirities are in line with God’s desires for us.  Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes the second chance or do -over to return to  God with our whole heart.

I would like to share with you a Lenten practice that I read about recently, that might just give you some inspiration about something different that you might like to “take up” as opposed to “giving up” during this Lenten season.

Around the breakfast table

One of my best Lenten practices was begun when my children were in elementary school and I was a working parent. It seemed as though we were struggling to find time to eat dinner as a family and this was greatly disturbing me. I decided that if we were unable to hold the dinner hour sacred due to work schedules and after school activities, I would instead hold the breakfast hour sacred. I made sure to get up each morning during Lent just a little earlier so that I could not only provide breakfast for my family but actually sit together, pray our meal prayer and begin each day on a happy note. It began in Lent and didn’t end until my children went off to college many years later. I learned that Lenten habits could carry far off into the future with my family. The impact was dramatic in that each day was started with a prayer and positive attitudes. Breakfast became and remains one of our favorite rituals of the day.

Roberta, IL (http://www.loyolapress.com/reflecting-on-the-lent-season.htm)

 

God bless,

 

Diane Kennaugh

Religious Education and Mission Coordinator