Principal’s Message: Week of March 1, 2014
Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,
My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation... ~ Psalm 62:2
Our journey toward Easter begins this week on Ash Wednesday, a time for repentance and renewal.
John the Baptist invites us to "Prepare the way of the Lord" (Mark 1:3). Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent remind us that this is a life-long task for us individually and as a Church. The students of St. Luke’s will all be celebrating mass together with our parish community at 8:30 am and receive their ashes. We will once again celebrate Eucharist on Friday morning for first Friday Mass with the Stations of the Cross beginning at 2:00 p.m. Also on Friday, our second graders shall be celebrating their first Reconciliation followed by an informal social for parents & guardians.
The ritual and symbolism of Ash Wednesday are a great part of our Church tradition. Ashes remind us of our temporal life and signify mourning for our sins. The cross represents Christ's death and resurrection. With ashes on our forehead in the form of a cross, we are ready to begin the renewal of our lives.
The faculty, staff and students will remember you at Mass this Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Like you, we will prepare ourselves for the promise of eternal life—the gift we affirm through the symbol of the ashes and the sign of the cross.
May your example of prayer and repentance inspire others to begin their own Journey of Faith toward the joy of Easter.
Almighty God, we are in need of rain. We realize now, looking up into the clear, blue sky, what a marvel even the least drop of rain really is. To think that so much water can really fall out of the sky, which now is empty and clear! We place our trust in You. We are sure that You know our needs. But You want us to ask you anyway, to show You that we know we are dependent on you. Look to our dry hills and fields, dear God, and bless them with the living blessing of soft rain. Then the land will rejoice and rivers will sing Your praises, and the hearts of all will be made glad. Amen.
(Prayer for Rain from the National Catholic Rural Life Conference-Rural Life Prayer Book)