St. Bernard of Clairvaux parish is a family-friendly church community located in the heart of historic Wauwatosa. The mission of St. Bernard Parish is to provide the people of God with the pastoral care and spiritual nourishment they need to proclaim the Good News of Christ in their lives and to the world.This blog will inform the community of events and activities at this special parish celebrating is 100th Anniversary in 2011. Visit us online atStBernardParish.org
(Mr. William Strube stressed the importance of this time of year in this week's St. Bernard Gazette.)
From the Principal's Desk
Wednesday, March 9th is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Over the next few days, please take a few moments as a family to help prepare your children and reinfoce what their teachers have shared about Ash Wednesday and Lent.
On Ash Wednesday, the children will be marked with ashes. Remind them that the ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. Being marked with ashes at the beginning of Lent indicates the need for repentance in our lives. The ashes also remind us of our mortality.
Review with your children that Lent is the forty-day-long LITURGICAL SEASON before Easter. Lent is our preparation through prayer, penitence, and almsgiving for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
For many Catholics, the first thought that Lent brings to mind is giving something up. For many children, the standard is to give up candy or some special treat. Help your children move beyond just giving up candy or treats to giving up some free time to share extra special time with the family or maybe doing service for others.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Some special family time given to prayer during Lent should draw everyone closer to the Lord. Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent. Fasting is more than a means of developing self-control. Fasting can help us realize the suffereing that so many people in our world experience every day.
Almsgiving is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for everything that God has given to us. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life.
Lent begins Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (Everyone is welcome to St. Bernard Parish for 8:00 a.m. Mass with the children and parishioners.)