Dear St. Patrick's and St. Columban Catholic School Communities,

On Ash Wednesday, our schools celebrated a beautiful mass led by Mr. Leyser and Mrs. Timmerman's Grade 4/5 class with Father Festus officiating.  The music was outstanding as students sang Abba Father, We Are Called and Our Grace is Enough. May God bless you as you share in almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.  As we enter this Lenten Season may we turn to the words of Pope Francis to assist us in our Lenten journey. 

Do you want to fast this lent?

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

Fast from sadness and be filed with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

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