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Community of Faith Activities Archive

September – 2016

 

Catholic Prayer Breakfast
On Tuesday, September 20, eight juniors and seniors and two faculty members from the religion department attended the Los Angeles Diocese Catholic Prayer Breakfast at Our Lady of the Angeles Cathedral. The keynote speaker was His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston. He shared an inspirational message with all of the students and faculty in attendance.
Class Retreats
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have a day of retreat during the 2016-2017 school year. These retreats will include the Liturgy of the Eucharist and age-appropriate speakers on kindness, self-esteem and body image. Student leaders will be chosen for each retreat. Seniors will have the opportunity to attend one of three Kairos retreats this year.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta was canonized a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday, September 4. Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping India’s poor, has been declared a saint in a canonization Mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican. Pope Francis delivered the formula for the canonization of the Albanian-born nun, known as the “saint of the gutters,” before huge crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

Christian Service Hours
Students are reminded that our ESLRs encourage the St. Lucy’s community to be of service to the greater community. Families are asked to support and empower their Regents in finding and fulfilling at least one volunteer hour at their parish or another nonprofit institution. The Religion Department will begin to record hours at the end of the first quarter and hours will be collected until early May for the School Awards Ceremony. Annual service requirements are for freshmen – 30 hours, sophomores – 50 hours, juniors – 70 hours and seniors – 100 hours. Please see your religion teacher for a copy of the Christian Service form.

Eucharistic Ministry
Students who were interested in becoming Eucharistic Ministers received and completed their training to serve the St. Lucy’s community during mass this upcoming year. The requirements are that they must be confirmed and an active member of their parish.

Community Prayer
We thank the members of the St. Lucy’s community who have submitted their prayers. Prayer requests are encouraged from all members of our community for a particular individual, family or general intention. Requests can be shared publicly or privately. Public requests are viewable on our website for one week. Private requests are submitted as private prayer intentions for our Masses and prayer groups. Visit our Community Prayer page at www.stlucys.com today.

November 2014

During Kairos week, Ms. Pellegrino’s classes worked together to make blankets to donate to City of Hope Hospital. Congratulations, ladies in making “Blankets of Hope” become a reality!

On October 31, the Junior Class received their Senior rings. The special mass was celebrated by Father Ken Deasy. Junior class members were called upon to lector, cantor, and minister the Eucharist. It was a day to honor our school’s traditions and appreciate the gifts of these 158 lovely young women.

The Religion classes are remembering their faithful departed with an altar in the Prayer Room decorated for La Dia de los Muertos. They wrote and decorated letters of love to commemorate those who have joined the Communion of Saints. The SL community is invited to create their own letters to deceased loved ones. All are welcome to spend a few moments in meditation and prayer while writing and decorating a letter. Supplies can be found in the Prayer Room throughout the month of November.

In the classroom, students have spent time in paraliturgical services commemorating the great feast of All Saints. Our Daily Prayer 2014 has featured the lives of saints teaching us about their journey to sanctity and their unique charisms.

Plans are being finalized for the Religion classes’ field trips. Freshmen will visit the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Sophomores will tour the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Juniors will experience a day at the Museum of Tolerance.

Freshman will experience their first St. Lucy's Retreat on November 18. They will receive a program from the Confidence Coalition (members of our own Senior Class). The theme of the day centers on self-esteem and strong ways to remain positive about their individual gifts and talents.

Students (and families) are reminded that November is great time to donate Christian Service hours to their parish or other nonprofit organization. As we get ready to celebrate the holidays. Let’s not forget those less fortunate.


October 2014

• The St. Lucy’s community was pleased to commemorate our First Annual Family Mass on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Lucy's amphitheater. Approximately 400 faculty, staff, students and family members attended the celebration. Father Rich Danyluk from Holy Name Of Mary Parish was the celebrant and he preached a beautiful message on family relationships. It was truly a blessing to come together for prayer and the receiving of our Lord in communion. After mass the festivities continued with socializing and ice cream and cookies were served. All who attended are looking forward to the next family mass.

• Eucharistic Ministry: On September 23, a group of Juniors and Seniors were trained as Ems to serve at our school masses. They began their service at our Family Mass and will continue to rotate throughout the year.

• The Religion classes celebrated the USCCB Respect Life week October 6-12 with discussions, video studies, and prayer services.

• Our Freshman classes were given a tour of the Priory environs and a symposium on the Rule of Benedict and the monastic way during the month of October.

• A great way to honor St. Francis is to take a pledge to protect all life and our earth. Many of our classes did so while honoring the man from Assisi whose 35th anniversary as the Patron of Ecology was celebrated on October the 4th.

• Students are reminded that hours for Christian Service Awards will be collected at the end of every quarter. All families are encouraged to give time and talent to a worthy cause throughout the year.


September 2014

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don'ts,
Not the God who ever does anything weird,
But the God who knows only 4 words.
And keeps repeating them, saying
"Come dance with Me, come dance."
— Hafiz


• The World Religion classes will be preparing to celebrate the High Holy Days of Judaism during the months of fall. They will be using genuine artifacts and planning observances that will enhance their understanding of Jewish ritual.

• The Social Teachings (Senior) classes did activities to reinforce the interconnectedness of societal groups to which they belong. Life in Christ (Junior) classes did morality reflections on “good” and “evil” with posters of collages to illustrate the challenges of living in modern society. They practiced the art of paper folding to create “Magic Books” on the topic of the “Gift of Being Human” emphasizing the “ Six Steps” to living a moral life.

• Each class will have a day of retreat during the 2014-2015 school year which will include the Liturgy of the Eucharist, age-appropriate speakers on chastity, self-esteem bullying and body image. Leaders will be chosen from each within each specific class.

• Field trips are being planned to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Freshman), The Cathedral of Our lady of the Angels (Sophomore) and Museum of Tolerance (Junior.) See the school calendar for their respective dates.

• Seniors have signed up for the Kairos retreats. Parents are reminded they their support is vital to the success of their daughters’ Kairos experience. Kindly see Mrs. Haeflinger if you have questions.

• Freshman classes will receive a tour of the Priory to begin their readiness for studying the Benedictine Hallmarks with the St. Lucy's School Community. Sr. Elizabeth Brown, Prioress, will be their guest lecturer and guide to the monastic heritage that is our special charism.

• Faculty Faith Formation Days, sponsored by the LA Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools will be attended by several of the Religion Department staff. This year’s workshop will be held at Bishop Amat High School on Monday, September 22.

• An informational meeting was held on September 10 for interested Juniors and Seniors who might wish to train as Eucharistic Ministry at St. Lucy's school masses. Students who would like an application please see Ms. Herrera. A training session will be held on September 23.

• Students are reminded that the ESLRS encourage the St. Lucy's community to be of service to the greater community. Families are asked to support and empower their Regents in finding and fulfilling at least one volunteer hour at their parish or another nonprofit institution. The Religion Department will begin to record hours at the end of the first quarter and hours will be collected until early May for the School Awards ceremony


St. Lucy's Family Mass

Join us at our First Annual Family Mass on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Lucy's amphitheater. Father Rich Danyluk from Holy Name of Mary Parish will celebrate this special occasion with us. Bring your family and experience Mass with your daughter as we pray together as a St. Lucy's community. Light refreshments will be served after our celebration.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 22 to Mrs. Laura Morin at lmorin@stlucys.com. We look forward to seeing you and your family.


August 2014

God,
We thank you for all your gifts.
This day, this night
These fruits, these flowers,
These trees, these waters-
With all these treasures you have endowed us.
The heat of the sun, the light of the moon,
The songs of the birds and the coolness of the breeze,
The green, green grass like a mattress of velvet,
All owe their existence to your grace.
Dear God, May we forever breathe the breath of your love
And every moment be aware
Of your presence above.
Amen.
- Chinese prayer


Welcome Back!

Each Religion class began the new school year with a prayer service. Freshman and sophomores participated in reflection and group discussions on their “blessings, burdens, and beyond.” Seniors took time to consider God’s goodness during their junior year and to create spiritual goals for the year ahead. All students were encouraged to find sacramental moments in everyday life and to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for God’s providential goodness.

August 15th , the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, will be commemorated by all students with paraliturgical devotions that will be held outdoors in Mary’s Garden(adjacent to the RRC) or the Prayer Room.

Students are reminded that the ESLRS encourage the SL community to be of service to the greater community. Families are asked to support and empower their Regents in finding and fulfilling at least one volunteer hour at their parish or another nonprofit institution. The Religion Department will begin to record hours at the end of the first quarter and hours will be collected until early May for the School Awards ceremony.

Families are reminded that textbooks should have been purchased as directed by the book lists for each class. Each student should also have a Fireside Bible and Daily Prayer 2014.


May 2014

Canonization Prayer Service: On April 28, the Life Teen Club celebrated the elevation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II to sainthood. Prayers and inspirational readings accompanied by a solidarity promise were offered for the success of the continuing mission of the Church. Special thanks to Ms. Shannon Herrera, the club’s moderator, for the beautiful prayer service written and produced by club members.

May is the month we honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. Our Religion classes will be praying the Rosary as part of daily prayer. Mrs. Anita Solis’ classes will be reciting the Rosary and the Litany of Mary in honor of our Blessed Mother. Our reflections will be centered on Our Lady’s timeless example of Christian womanhood.

During the first few days of May, the freshman classes were given an in-depth study of the history and practice of monasticism and a tour of our very own monastery, St. Lucy’s Priory, by our Prioress, Sr. Elizabeth Brown.

The Junior classes were given an in-depth course of study on the history of the Labyrinth. During the first days of May, all the Juniors received special lessons from Sister Elizabeth Brown on the building and practice of this ancient meditation experience. Our thanks to Mr. Tim Staples and the Junior Religion class teachers for their time and patience in the construction of the Labyrinth on the Priory grounds.

The Senior class was given a seminar by members of the Glendora Police Department on road safety procedures and distracted driving. The class thanks Officers Jake Swann and Danny Antillon for their professional expertise and guidance is concerning the responsibilities of an adult driver.

On May 7, the senior religion classes received a presentation by Project Sister, a nationally recognized organization that is a state-designated provider of sexual assault crisis and prevention services. The students learned about prevention and education of sexual assault and child abuse as well as crisis intervention services that are available to anyone in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.


Reminders:
Each student will be given the opportunity to report Christian Service hours.
Fourth Quarter hours will be due at the beginning of May. Every SL student is encouraged to volunteer at their parish or another non-profit institution several times monthly. Christian Service Awards are distributed at the School Awards ceremony during Graduation Week.

A worthy way to earn service hours is the “Be the Match” Project for City of Hope Hospital. KIWIN’s are sponsoring this project every Tuesday afternoon from 2:50-3:30 PM in Room 208. All students are invited to participate!


Prayer services are held daily in the Prayer Room. Students are welcome every morning at 7:45 to start their day with Holy Communion.


April 2014

As Lent ends, our community is reminded to support “She’s the First,” the ASB’s charitable project. Its not too late to start saving for a donation due on April15. During this time, our school community emphasis is on the Church’s practice of prayer, penance, and charity. The Religion Department encourages all our families to consider this worthy cause as their own Lenten project.

On April 8 all students will be given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To prepare ourselves for this occasion of grace, each Religion class will have a classroom Penance service affording time to an examination of conscience and the right disposition for an Act of contrition.

Class retreats:
Each class retreat has taken a specific theme related to the “Confidence Coalition’s” presentation each received during fall semester. The Juniors (March 25) viewed the documentary “Finding Kind” which explored the effects of bullying and lack of self-esteem upon young women. The Freshman retreat was held on February 19. The retreat centered around talks given by SL Seniors on topics such as peer pressure, relational aggression and adjusting to high school life.

The Sophomores (April 10) will receive the presentation, “Choosing the Best Me-Choosing the Best Us!” an abstinence program sponsored by International Life Services and recommended by the Office of Life, Justice & Peace, Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Each retreat features a class mass and time for making new friends.

Class News:
The Senior Christian Lifestyles classes are currently in the planning stages for their Service Learning Projects. The initial plan is due on February 10. Each student in encouraged to design her own project: finding a nonprofit organization of her choosing that will match her interest areas. The completed project, which will require 6-8 hours of service, is due on April 8.

Reminders:
Each student will be given the opportunity to report Third Quarter service hours. Fourth Quarter hours will be due at the beginning of May. Every SL student is encouraged to volunteer several times monthly.
A worthy way to earn service hours is the “Be the Match” Project for City of Hope Hospital. KIWIN’s are sponsoring this project every Tuesday afternoon from 2:50-3:30 PM in Room 208. All students are invited to participate!

Prayer services are held daily in the Prayer Room. Students are welcome every morning at 7:45 to start their day with Holy Communion.


March 2014

As Lent begins, each Religion class will observe the season with various prayer and service activities. During this time, our emphasis is on the Church’s practice of prayer, penance, and charity.

• This month the Religion Department is continuing their planning for class retreats.

Each retreat has a specific theme related to the Confidence Coalition’s presentation each class received during fall semester. The Juniors (March 25) will view the documentary “Finding Kind” which explores the effects of bullying and lack of self-esteem upon young women. The Sophomores (April 10) will receive the presentation, “Choosing the Best Me—Choosing the Best Us!” an abstinence program sponsored by International Life Services and recommended by the Office of Life, Justice & Peace, Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

• The Freshman retreat was held on February 19. The retreat will center around talks given by SL Seniors on topics such as peer pressure, relational aggression and adjusting to high school life. The retreat will feature a class mass and time for making new friends.

Class News
• The Senior Christian Lifestyles classes are currently in the planning stages for their Service Learning Projects. The initial plan is due on February 10. Each student in encouraged to design her own project: finding a nonprofit organization of her choosing that will match her interest areas. The completed project, which will require 6–8 hours of service, is due on April 8.

The Thirst Project will be presenting to the Junior religion classes on March 7.

• Life Teen is planning a Lent Retreat – watch the website for further details.

Reminders
• Registration for the Religious Education Congress Youth Day (March 13) is closed but SL has limited room on our buses to transport students who missed the deadline but may want to attend. Please see your Religion teacher for more information.

Prayer services are held daily in the Prayer Room. Students are welcome every morning at 7:45 to start their day with Holy Communion.

• A worthy way to earn service hours is the “Be the Match” Project for City of Hope Hospital. KIWIN’s are sponsoring this project every Tuesday afternoon from 2:50-3:30 PM in Room 208. All students are invited to participate!


February 2014

This month the Religion Department is busy planning class retreats.

Each retreat has a specific theme related to the Confidence Coalition’s presentation each class received during fall semester. The Juniors (March 25) will view the documentary “Finding Kind” which explores the effects of bullying and lack of self-esteem upon young women. The Sophomores (April 10) will receive the presentation, “Choosing the Best Me-Choosing the Best Us!” an abstinence program sponsored by International Life Services and recommended by the Office of Life, Justice & Peace, Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Freshman (February 19) retreat will center around talks given by SL Seniors on topics such as peer pressure, relational aggression and adjusting to high school life. Each retreat will feature a class mass and time for making new friends.

Class News
• Sophomore Field Trip: The Sophomore Religion classes will be visiting the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on February 27.

• The Senior Christian Lifestyles classes are currently in the planning stages for their Service Learning Projects. The initial plan is due on February 10. Each student in encouraged to design her own project: finding a nonprofit organization of her choosing that will match her interest areas. The completed project, which will require 6-8 hours of service, is due on April 8.

Reminders
• Registration for the Religious Education Congress Youth Day (March 13) is closed but SL has limited room on our buses to transport students who missed the deadline but may want to attend. Please see your Religion teacher for more information.

Prayer services are held daily in the Prayer Room. Students are welcome every morning at 7:45 to start their day with Holy Communion.

• A worthy way to earn service hours is the “Be the Match” Project for City of Hope Hospital. KIWIN’s are sponsoring this project every Tuesday afternoon from 2:50-3:30 p.m. in Room 208. All students are invited to participate!


December 2013

The liturgical season of Advent begins on December 1. This is a time of spiritual renewal as we prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. Catholics are reminded to pray, do penance, and give alms in celebration of the birth of the Christ child.

Prayer services are held daily in the Prayer Room. Students are welcome every morning at 7:45 a.m. to start their day with Holy Communion.

We will offer the sacrament of Reconciliation during the following days and times:

Wednesday December 4 from 8:30 a.m. -12: 30 p.m.
and
Thursday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Priests from five of our feeder parishes will be with us. All-students, parents, faculty and staff- are invited to attend.

Students will be offered an opportunity to give alms through the ASB’s holiday charity. Please support this worthwhile endeavor.

December Feast Days

Special classroom prayer services and activities will commemorate Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) and St. Lucy, our patron saint. On December 13, The Class of 2016 will receive their St. Lucy medals at a school-wide mass.

Christian Service

All Religion classes will be asked to report their Christian Service hours for the second quarter by the end of the month. All students should have interaction with the communities in which they live, work, and pray in a volunteer capacity. Kindly make an effort to encourage and support your daughter in her efforts to give of her extra time with a measure of social cognizance.

A worthy way to earn service hours is the “Be the Match” Project for City of Hope Hospital. KIWIN’s are sponsoring this project every Tuesday afternoon from 2:50-3:30 p.m. in Room 208. All students are invited to participate!

Advent Retreat

St. Lucy’s Life Teen Club is sponsoring a twilight retreat for all students immediately after school on Tuesday, December 10. Sign up in your Religion classes for prayer, crafts, food, and song. Space is limited so commit early to reserve your afternoon of celebration and fellowship.


November 2013

November begins with our celebration of the “Dia de los Muertos”. We will construct an altar of remembrance in the foyer to honor all the holy souls of our loved ones. We will be gathering photos throughout the entire month and everyone is invited to participate. We thank the Sophomore class for sponsoring this beautiful event.

Retreats
The Junior class will have a retreat lead by the Confidence Coalition volunteers on the 20th. The class also will host Fr. Ken Deasy, representative of the archdiocesan Holy Childhood Missions, as a guest speaker to discuss his work among the Catholic missions in Kenya.

Field Trips
The Junior and Freshman classes will be having their yearly field trips this month. They will be going to the Museum of Tolerance and San Gabriel Mission respectively.

School-wide Activities
• Special times of prayer will be school-wide masses on November 1 for All Saints’ Day and the blessing of the Junior rings and November 26 for the feast of Thanksgiving. Many of our classes will be saying the Rosary for the hungry during this month as well. All of our students will receive the opportunity to help those less fortunate with the school-wide “Food Drive” November 6 through the 26.

• Prayer Services are being held daily in the Prayer Room. All students are invited to attend to pray for a special intention or just to start the day off right with reception of Jesus in the Eucharist.

• All Religion classes have begun to record their Christian Service hours. Be sure that information is correct and up to date. Hours will be recorded again during the final week of the 2nd Quarter.

During this month we encourage our students to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” for all their blessings. Hopefully, each of will develop a grateful heart in response to the countless ways our Lord has gifted the St. Lucy’s entire community. As we look forward to Thanksgiving Day, our prayer is that everyone will find a way share in this bounty with those in need!


October 2013

“No one owns their own life. Everyone is called to safeguard and respect life from the time of conception to natural death.” –Benedict XVI

October is National Respect Life Month. In most parishes, and dioceses the third Sunday in October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. During the first week of October, the Religion classes are planning activities with helpful resources from the Archdiocesan Catholic Life Issues Commission.

The classes are spending time daily in prayer and reflection with a multimedia cross-disciplinary approach September 30-October 4. We have created an “Altar of Awareness” to publicize the teachings of the US Council of Catholic Bishops on the incomparable worth of every human person. And we are creating a banner with the baby pictures of the entire SL community (stop by the Foyer and enjoy our beautiful faces!) celebrating the fact that our parents said “Yes!” to life.

Other Community of Faith Events for October:
October 4: Junior classes make their commitment to the proper use of global resources by taking the St. Francis of Assisi pledge.
October 21-24: Senior Kairos Retreat
October 30: Sophomore Class Retreat


September 2013

Lord God,
At the beginning of this new term teach us to
           Be your hands and feet where we are.
At the beginning of this new term teach us to
           love as you love us,
At the beginning of this new term teach us to

           pray for those in need.
So that you are honored and glorified.

Amen.

—Annie Barnsdale

Since the start of the new school year, the St. Lucy’s Community has been busy celebrating our Catholic Faith.

  • The Religion classes began with prayer services on the first day of school. They are preparing for the first Mass on September 13, by considering their prayers, works, joys, and sorrows through a special reflection exercise we routinely practice before every mass so as to help our students prepare their hearts for liturgy.

  • Our faculty and staff and the Consultative School Board have already spent time in retreats to prepare for the year ahead.

  • The Religion Department faculty is engaged in preparation of Fall Retreats for the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. The Kairos team has begun to begin their formation for the Senior Kairos Retreat on October 21-24.

  • Morning prayer in the Chapel will start on September 16 – all are welcome to join us at 7:45am.

Christian Service:

Students are reminded to begin their voluntary Christian Service activities – acts of consistent commitment for which they receive no renumeration - that will be acknowledged at the St. Lucy's Award Ceremony this spring. Service learning gives one an opportunity to apply knowledge to real-life situations, think critically about and learn from experience, nurture caring and compassion, and develop skills for responsible citizenship. A big return for a small amount of time: 1-2 hours a week! Hopefully this will seem to be a good fit for most of our students. Parents please encourage your daughters to give some of their time to service-oriented outreach to the Church and the civic community.


SUMMER 2013

As we close the 2012-2013 school year, let us look for the fruits of a Year of Faith in a strengthened commitment to God and one another.

May we remember the ways we’ve committed to celebrate our faith with:

  • Appreciation of the Nicene Creed every time we recite at Mass on Sunday.
  • Taking time for daily prayer.
  • Worshipping wholeheartedly at Mass.
  • Studying the teachings of the Church.
  • Serving the poor and marginalized.

Hopefully we will keep our focus on Faith this summer with a renewed commitment to Mass and the Eucharist. All SL Students are urged to augment this commitment with works of Christian Service at their parish as well as the greater community. Why not include several family projects to serve those in need? What better way to evangelize?


Have a blessed summer! Your St. Lucy’s Community will hold you up in prayer as you enjoy rest and relaxation!


MAY

During May, our Religion classes will be praying and meditating on the Rosary as part of their daily classroom prayers. We will encourage our students to share this experience with their families and to pray the Rosary together so as to honor of Mary and, most specifically, to remember the most significant events in the life of Jesus, which are named in the “Mysteries” of the Rosary.

Websites that are helpful for praying the Rosary are: www.rosary-center.org and www.theholyrosary.org. A website that is a good quick reference for any question about the Catholic faith is www.catholic.com.

Also during this month:

Fair trade sample sale: watch for dates and place (late May) for this consciousness-raising event which held as a follow-up by the Social Issues classes sponsored by SERRV International through Catholic Relief Services

Friday Communion Service: every (full school day) Friday @ 12:25 in the Prayer Room.

Baccalaureate Mass: St. Paul the Apostle Church, Chino Hills; Wednesday, May 22, 1PM; Father Ken Deasy will preside. All are welcome to attend.


APRIL

Earth Day, April 22: to increase awareness and participation check out the website Catholic Climate Covenant (catholicclimatecovenant.org). Their “St. Francis Pledge” is an excellent guide for caring for creation and the poor for families and faith communities.


Also during this month:

Friday Communion Service: every full day Friday @ 12:25 in the Prayer Room.

Baccalaureate Mass: St. Paul the Apostle Church, Chino Hills; Wednesday, May 22, 1PM; Father Ken Deasy will preside. All are welcome to attend.


MARCH

Confessions: Monday, March 4 from (9:30 AM -12:30 PM) all students are invited to participate! All Religion classes will be spending time in formation and preparation for receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to this date.


Also during this month:

Class Retreats: Sophomores, Wednesday March 6 and Frosh, March 13

Lenten Communion Service: every day @ 12:25 in the Prayer Room.

Tuesday, March 26: school liturgy for Holy Week


FEBRUARY

The Year of Faith urges renewed efforts at prayer, fasting and alms giving - especially appropriate during the season of Lent. As such, our Religion classes will foster ways to bring God more closely into our hearts with special activities such as praying the Stations of the Cross and daily journaling. Additionally, our community is asked to support the Thirst Project’s goal of building a water well in a third-world nation.

To encourage a reverent attitude toward the earth and its inhabitants we are sending along this link to the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Caring for Creation Calendar” for 2013. We invite our SL families to use this Lenten calendar creatively in your preparations for Easter.

To download copies: http://site.adw.org/2013-lenten-calendar


Also during this month:

Ash Wednesday Mass, February 13: All-school liturgy with the reception of ashes.

Junior Retreat: Wednesday, February 20

Religious Education Congress, February 21: 100 students will be attending with our St. Lucy’s group

Lenten Communion Service: Every day at 12:25pm in the Prayer Room.


JANUARY

In his 2011 apostolic letter, Door of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI explained the Year of Faith that began in October and will conclude in November 2013 as a “journey that lasts a lifetime.” We, at St. Lucy’s, will continue our journey of faith, penance, and renewal daily in religion classes using the prayer book, Daily Prayer 2013 (LTP)

In addition, as a method of deepening our understanding and celebrating our Catholic beliefs, each student will memorize the Nicene Creed during the months of January and February. Hopefully, each class will be spending time in reflection and discussion on these 224 words and the doctrines professed therein.


Also during this month:

Senior Kairos Retreat 71: Tuesday, January 15 through Friday, January 18 at Mater Dolorosa Retreat House, Sierra Madre, CA.

Friday Communion Service: every Friday @ 12:25 in the Prayer Room


DECEMBER

Friday, December 7: Reconciliation
Three priests from our local parishes will be available for individual confessions.
See your Religion teacher for more info and sign-up procedures.

Tuesday, December 11: “Friends and Fellowship” Advent Retreat 3-4:30 PM
Led by members of the senior class, this “Adventure” asks you to wear an ugly Christmas sweater and come prepared to connect with new friends while enjoying some seasonal fun! Sign up in your Religion classes.

Thursday, December 13: Feast of St. Lucy
Mass for Sophomore Medal Ceremony

Advent Communion Service:
Every day @ 12:25 in the Prayer Room

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