Beginning Lent: We choose hope

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16 February 2021

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, and marks the eve of Lent. Leigh Shelley from the Mission and Ministry Team (Social Justice) at Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hughesdale, shares what the students are doing to begin their Lenten journey:

Sacred Heart Girls’ College has been preparing for our Lenten journey in several ways.

Students from the college Vinnies Team, who organise our Project Compassion collections across the college, attended a presentation from Caritas on 4 February. The presentation provided these students with a deeper understanding of the link between their local work supporting Project Compassion and the Caritas mission for the full realisation of human dignity and wellbeing for all people as the means to end poverty and injustice.

The presentation also provided connection for our students on the Caritas theme ‘Be More’ and our own 2021 college theme ‘We Choose Hope’.

We had also prepared for our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Stall where our students usually cook over 1000 pancakes for the college community. We were disappointed (but not discouraged!) that this event was cancelled due to the current lockdown.

Unfortunately, the culmination of our Lent preparation, a whole-college celebration of the Eucharist and distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, has also been cancelled. However, we are now planning a college Lenten prayer service across the college when we return from lockdown.

The theme for Project Compassion this year is ‘Be More’. Visit the Caritas Australia website to find out more.