Ignatian Newsletter:2024 - Edition #2
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Embracing Lent: A Season of Reflection and Renewal
As we embark on the journey of Lent, a sacred season in the liturgical calendar, our hearts are called to introspection and renewal. Lent, lasting 40 days, symbolises the period Jesus spent fasting in the desert, facing temptation and preparing for his ministry. It is a time of self-reflection, prayer, and repentance, inviting us to draw closer to God and strengthen our spiritual foundations.
In the fast-paced world we inhabit, Lent offers a unique opportunity to pause, reevaluate our priorities, and deepen our connection with the divine. The ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday are a powerful reminder of our mortality and the need for humility. As we bear these ashes, we are reminded of our common humanity and shared journey towards holiness.
Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are integral aspects of Lenten observance. Fasting allows us to detach from the material aspects of life, creating space for spiritual nourishment. It is not just a sacrifice but a conscious effort to redirect our focus towards the One who sustains us. Through prayer, we open our hearts to God, fostering a deeper relationship and seeking guidance for our lives. Almsgiving calls us to extend our love and compassion to others, recognising the inherent dignity of every person as a child of God.
In the spirit of Lent, let us embrace a mindset of gratitude and humility. It is a time to examine our actions, acknowledge our shortcomings, and strive for personal growth. Through our Lenten practices, we can cultivate virtues such as patience, kindness, and generosity, fostering a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness.
As a community, let us support one another on this transformative journey. Lent is not a solitary endeavour but a shared experience that unites us in our common pursuit to accompany and learn from each other. Together, we can create an environment of encouragement and accountability, inspiring each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
In the words of Pope Francis, "Lent is a journey that involves our whole life, our entire being." May this Lenten season be a time of grace and renewal for our school community. May we emerge from this sacred season with hearts aflame, ready to share God's love and light with the world.
Wishing you all a blessed and transformative Lenten season.
Caritas Project Compassion – Term 1 fundraiser
As we journey together through Lent, we again look to contribute to the Caritas Project Compassion fundraising appeal. This annual campaign, deeply rooted in the Catholic ethos of love and compassion, calls us to unite in solidarity with communities in Australia and around the world facing poverty, injustice, and hardship.
This year, our College is proud to embark on a journey of compassion through the support of Caritas Project Compassion. Our collective efforts will contribute to projects that provide education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable communities. Every donation, no matter the size, will make a significant impact in transforming lives and fostering hope.
To kickstart our fundraising efforts, each Mentor has been given a money box to collect donations from our community. Alternatively, you may wish to donate on your child’s House’s fundraising page at the following link: Loyola College - Watsonia - Caritas | Project Compassion Schools Please navigate to the bottom of the page to see each House profile. Select the House your child belongs to and then donate on the House profile page. Students can also make a profile if they wish, share that with family and friends and link it to their House.
Each House will also host a fundraising effort over lunchtimes this term. From pizza slices to bake sales, each initiative aims to not only raise funds but also foster a sense of unity and shared purpose. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Thank you for your continued support!