What’s Happening in Religious Education
We have now entered the Lenten season in our Church calendar which is a time for fast and abstinence. As Christians, we need to renew our relationship with God and focus on what is important in life. Fasting from things that distract us give us an opportunity to do just that. We remove what is getting in the way of our ability to live out the Gospel message daily.
It’s never too late to begin our Lenten journey, but there are also no rules to say that we can’t change our focus if we feel that what we are doing isn’t working for us.
Pope Francis has suggested the following to help live a fulfilling Lent (and perhaps we could continue some of these throughout the year):
- Fast from hurting words and say kind words
- Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
- Fast from anger and be filled with patience
- Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
- Fast from worries and trust God
- Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
- Fast from pressures and be prayerful
- Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
- Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
- Fast from grudges and be reconciled
- Fast from words and be silent so you can listen
As part of our Lenten practise here at Bethany, we contribute to the Caritas fundraising initiative, Project Compassion. This was launched on Ash Wednesday during our Liturgy and students are encouraged to think about how we can assist with the fundraising for people who have so much less than we do. Students will need to keep watching the Compass newsfeeds to see what initiatives are being organised for their Year group and all are encouraged to think about how they can contribute.
St Michael’s Youth Mass
Our next Youth Mass will be held at St Michael’s on Sunday 8 March at 6.00pm. All students are encouraged to attend and bring their families with them. Students are encouraged to actively take part in the mass through reading, taking up the collections, assisting with the offertory procession, singing or playing an instrument or altar serving. Notices are regularly on the Compass newsfeed so students are able to sign up to any role that they are interested in assisting with.
Year 10 Spirituality Day
On Wednesday 11 March, all Year 10 students will be attending their Spirituality Day at Mulgoa. Students will need to be at school at 7.30am so that we can leave early and have a full day at the venue. All students will be back at school for normal dismissal at 2.57pm. The focus of the day will be on the Year 10 value of Welcome. Keep an eye out for our next newsletter which will have photos and an overview of our Spirituality Day.
Leader of Religious Education and Mission