Ash Wednesday

Ashes are etched in the sign of the cross on the foreheads of Catholics around the world on Ash Wednesday, symbolising the beginning of the 40 days of fasting and penance in preparation for Easter.

Lent is a time of prayer and penance, when Christ wants to lead us back to our baptismal promises of dying to sin and of living for God. We prepare ourselves to enter once again into Jesus’ paschal mystery and to renew it in our lives.

Lent calls us to metanoia: to turn our lives around, to let go, to be open with others, to be vulnerable and trust in God. Lent requires an awakening, an awareness raising, and attentiveness to God within our lives. The themes of Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are central to the Lenten Season.

In our busy lives, I would like to invite you and your families to Stop, be silent, be still and prayfor a short while to be with God.

At Sacred Heart, we support Caritas during Lent. We are called to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need. Lenten awareness and fundraising initiatives for our school during Lent in 2019 are scheduled for:

Shrove Tuesday – pancakes Tuesday, 5th March
Crazy Hair for Caritas Friday, 22nd March
Kilometres for Caritas Friday, 29th March
Colouring – in for Caritas Friday, 5th April
Bob for a Job Stage 3 – throughout Lent


We will be delighted to welcome back to Sacred Heart, Jo Spek and Teresa Pirola from the Evangelisation and Catholic Formation team at Catholic Schools Office for a parent reflection session. Please join us on Wednesday, 27th March at 9:00am.