Dear St. John Paul II Families,

A few years ago, I was asked, "What is my favorite Liturgical season?" And, immediately and without a doubt, I answered, "Lent!” As I sat among many other Catholic School educators, I was surprised to find that I was in the minority, which caused me to pause and reflect on why I chose the season of Lent.

To me personally, the answer became abundantly clear that Lent is the ONE season that allows me the opportunity to be closest to the Lord: suffering with him, being one with him on the cross, and then standing alongside awaiting the resurrection. I began to realize that Lent is most likely not a season I would have chosen during another time in my life.

As we begin the season of Lent tomorrow, through the years, I have learned that these 40 days leading to Easter offer me the greatest growth as a Catholic, wife, mother, and servant leader. I hope and pray that you and your family take time to reflect on how you want to enter into this Lenten season.  It can be life changing if you allow it to be!  Remember, as parents, YOU are your child's first teachers of our Faith. Your sons and daughters will learn from you; they will follow your example however you choose to sacrifice, whether it be by fasting, giving up ice cream, doing something more, finding more time for daily prayer, or attending stations every Friday.  Whatever you do, I pray you grow closer to Him.

Have a wonderful week,