We hope that you and your family enjoyed the snow this past week and were able to stay safe and warm. We are ready to get back to our regular schedule and hope that you can join us for the activities scheduled this month.
We WILL have the Retreat and classes this weekend per this announcement on the FCPS website: "FCPS schools will reopen Saturday and Sunday for all scheduled activities including community use events and recreation programs sponsored by groups not affiliated with FCPS."
January 30 First Reconciliation Retreat 10-12 pm
Second year students ONLY. Please email Stacy or Christina, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you cannot make it. This retreat is mandatory for students receiving First Reconciliation next month.
January 31/February 1
RE Class will meet
February 7/8 NO CLASS
February 10 Ash Wednesday
Mass times are posted online and in the bulletin
February 14/15 No Class
President’s Day Weekend
February 20/27 First Reconciliation 10-12 (second year students ONLY)
Be sure to check the bulletin board for your assigned service.
February 27, 5:00 pm - Children’s Mass - hosted by 6th grade
Plan to attend this family friendly Mass as sixth grade students serve as Mass volunteers. The Children’s Choir will perform.
February 27, 6:00 - 8:00pm - Year of Mercy Kick Off Event (Rescheduled from January 23)
Do Justly, Walk Humbly, Love Mercifully with your God (Micah 6:8)
Join Faith Formation, Families in Action, and Social Ministry for a family fun event to kick off the year of mercy. It includes food, fun, games, and takeaways to incorporate the Works of Mercy into your family life. Watch the website and bulletin boards for ways to show mercy and receive mercy throughout the year! Please RSVP here! If your middle or high schooler would like to volunteer, please sign-up here!
February 28 - March 1 Parish Mission
See bulletin and website for details.
Lent is Approaching Quickly
I know it feels like we just took down the Christmas decorations, but Lent is almost here. Ash Wednesday is February 10. Here are a few ideas to help your family celebrate the season. Be sure to check out the Faith Formation website for further information on what is listed below as well as the history of Mardi Gras and more ideas and activities for both kids and parents.
- Have a Mardi Gras party at home on February 9. Have a party to get rid of all of the tempting treats that you plan to give up for Lent. Make a king cake to celebrate.
- Decide as a family what you will give up this Lent - Get your rice bowl ready to collect the money that you would have spent on this. Some ideas include giving up fast food, Pizza Night or the yummy treats from the grocery (cookies, ice cream, etc). You’ll be amazed at how much money you collect to help those in need meet their basic requirements of a meal and clean water.
- Decide as a family what you will add to Lent - Lent isn’t just about giving up, you can also add things in such as daily prayer, reading the Bible as a family or saying the Rosary. You can decide to add in a good deed a week to help others.
- Lent is a good time to take the whole family to confession (only those who have already received the sacrament). Lent is the perfect time to ask forgiveness and experience this healing sacrament as we prepare for Easter. Confessions are held every Saturday at 4:00 and every Wednesday from 6:00 -7:00. Watch the bulletin and website for additional times during Lent. Click on the parent page for a simple guide to going to confession.
Stacy and Christina