Opening Lesson for "Passiontide", and to prepare for Palm Sunday this weekend:
Our students learned that many parishes cover their crucifixes and holy statues during "Passion Week". The tradition comes from scripture, which tells us that even after performing many miracles (works), a large number of Jews still did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and were becoming increasingly angry and violent towards Him.
So, Our Lord Jesus "hid himself" until His time had come to suffer His passion. We remind ourselves by "hiding" the crucifix with a purple veil. We know that Jesus is God, and that He freely gave His life for us, so we can be sure that Jesus was never out of control of the events of those sad days.
Our Lord Jesus Christ chose exactly when to make His entrance into Jerusalem, fulfilling many prophecies of the Messiah, and all the while, realizing it was the beginning of the cruel end of His earthly life.
What an honor it is to journey with Our Lord and The Church during these beautiful yet sad days, which is why as Catholics we proclaim, "There is joy in the cross"!
Take a look at what your children did this week in Religious Ed:
Thank you for sharing your great work Dylan Stern, 5th Grade!
Super job by Alex Nouhan, 5th grade, for filling his Rice Bowl early this year!
Lots of fantastic desk work...thanks again to 1st grade!
And more beautiful, faithful Catholic young ladies from 4th grade!
We watched the Mass Prep Video below:
And here is a "Mass Prep Video" for older Students and Parents:
Many times each week, students will give their wonderful work to me to put in this newsletter...of course I don't have room for all of them, but it is truly heartwarming to see their hard work and attention to our lessons. Please hug your students for me!!! They are each precious & appreciated!
A message from our friends at Holy Heroes:
The fifth Sunday in Lent marked the start of the most intense part of Lent. These last two weeks of Lent are sometimes called Passiontide.
Now is the time to think about the last week of Jesus' life more intensely than ever. It is the time to make sure that you are really prepared for Easter, both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, it is time to make sure that you and your family have been to confession recently and are really making an effort to contemplate on Jesus' sacrifice for us. Physically, it is time to get your home ready for Easter.
In our house we do "spring cleaning" during Lent and in the last two weeks really make an effort to get the house completely clean so that when the Triduum comes we are ready to put all the household cares aside and focus on Christ.
And finally, please be blessed by listening to the sacred music being used for Lent here at St. Michael the Archangel by clicking on the arrow above or go to the link below to access videos for learning some Latin Chant and being able to participate more fully at Mass! Many thanks to our amazing Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music, Dr. Kevin Vogt:
Religious Ed will be soon working more closely with Dr. Vogt on our music for the last class of the year, May 2 & 3rd, which is our All RE Mass & May Crowning at each regular session of RE.
PARENTS PLEASE PLAN NOW TO ATTEND!