Sunday, February 17, 2013


Lent -  a time to pray, fast and give alms. It is one of the longer church seasons after Ordinary Time. Lent requires preparation in church and school before Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent.

Here the students of All Saints Catholic School are being active Christians by being of service to Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. They are removing the old missalettes from Ordinary Time and Christmas and putting in the missalettes that have Lent and Easter in them.

Ash Wednesday - the color in church is purple and the beautiful view from our church window is darkened throughout the 40 days of Lent. That is a big penance for most of us who enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

The ashes are blessed and ready for distribution. "Repent and believe in the Gospel"
Students and adults received a nail after receiving ashes. A visible reminder of the pain Christ suffered for us and a reminder for the next 40 days to so something hard for Christ in return.

We had four Masses on Ash Wednesday and all of them were very full. Christians realize it is time to do some penance during the 40 days of Lent. .

The students at All Saints Catholic School traced their shoe and on the back wrote down what they will be doing for Lent. Some students told me they were giving up their DS, chocolate, strawberry milk. A little 3 year old said she was giving up running. :):)

Each classroom has a prayer table that changes with the church seasons. Here is the Lenten look in two of the classrooms.

All roads lead to the cross. Jesus, I will keep my Lenten promises. 
Sunday, Sr. Anna and I drove to Old Bisbee and we stopped to visit St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Here are the Lenten decorations in their church that were on each pillar in the church.
Can you tell how each one is a symbol for Lent?



Mary is always at her Son's side. Even to his last breath on the CROSS.

Have a very holy Lent! What can you do for the 40 days of Lent to show your love to Our Savior?

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