March 4, 2019

Feast of St. Basil and Companions

Dear Families and Friends,

Lent is here on Wednesday!  Can you believe it?  The time of fasting and repentance for 40 days as we get ready for Easter.  We have challenged all our students and catechists to make a Lenten promise again this year...it will serve as a reminder for the 40 days of Lent of what we have given up or of what we are going to do extra to bring us closer to God.  These promises will be on leaves that will be added to the tree on the wall outside our office as we "Grow this Lent".  Each Monday, we will all be reminded of that promise that we made! 

Since we are in the liturgical season of Lent, the family activity and prayer included below, are taking a deeper look at Lent.  We hope you are able to bring this special season alive in your home as you get ready for Easter.  One way to do that is to join us on March 25 for Stations of the Cross with all our Religious Education students.  We will all join in this special service at 7:15pm that night in the Church, all parents are welcome to attend and pray with us!

Another important way to make Lent come alive in your home is through regular attendance at Sunday Mass.  This is such an important part of our Faith life, not to mention it is a commandment!  If you have fallen away from regular attendance at Mass, Lent offers the perfect time to come back and make it a part of your weekly schedule!  God is asking for only 1 hour of your time, He gives you 168 hours in a week.  In the following article, it is stated "Mass is the greatest privilege this side of heaven."  How true this is!  If you have a moment, look at the article and the importance of Mass attendance for children:  https://www.hbgdiocese.org/wp-...

Thank you again for the gift of your children!  
Blessings this Lenten season,
Amy and Lisa

March Calendar
March 4:  Regular Class Night
March 6:  Ash Wednesday
March 8:  Father/Daughter Dance 7-9pm in Cafeteria  
March 11:  Regular Class Night
                  Grades 2-8 Reconciliation
March 18:  Regular Class Night
March 25:  Regular Class Night
                  Stations of the Cross at 7:15pm
                  Confirmation Sponsor Certificates Due
April 1:  No Class--Spring Break!
April 8:  Regular Class Night

Registration for 2019-2020
It is that time again to register for the upcoming Religious Education year.  Each returning child in grades 1-7 will be coming home tonight with a blue registration form.  We ask that you fill this out and return it.  No fees are due at this time.  Fees will remain the same for the upcoming year too:  $70.00 for one child, $130.00 for two children, and $190.00 for three or more children!  It helps to have the registration forms returned so we can plan and purchase materials for the upcoming year.  If you have an incoming 1st grader, additional forms can be found in the RE office or online at the parish website.  

Father/Daughter Dance
St. Charles is hosting a dance for dads and their daughters on March 8 in the school cafeteria.  The dance will be held 7-9pm and the cost is $15.00 per couple.  There is a from attached to this newsletter if you are interested in attending!

Lenten Activities
Taken from Real Life at Home, the following calendar is meant for families to inspire them to do small acts during the season of Lent.  Hopefully you will try some of them together as a family this Lent!
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Lenten Prayer 
Taken from CatholicOnline.com, this prayer reminds of the true reason for the season.  It includes the prayers that all our children know, while being infused with a reminder for the reason for this season!

Almighty and Everlasting God, 
You have given the human race 
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. 
He fulfilled Your will by becoming man 
And giving His life on the Cross. 
Help us to bear witness to You 
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. 
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

Amen. 

Our Father...

MARY, Mother of Jesus, 
you were Jesus' gift for us from the Cross. 
He gave you to us as our mother. 
Intercede for all our needs. 

Hail Mary...
Glory Be...