This week we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. A time for us to step back from our usual hustle and bustle and take some time to reflect and pray about the season. In the bulletin this week is the schedule for the Lenten Season. There are so many opportunities to indulge in the practices of the Lenten Season. Please read and take advantage of them. Have a prayer-filled and holy Lent:
Father Terry

-Father Terry
The Lenten Season, which begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and ends with the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 18), has a two-fold character: to prepare both Catechumens (those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil) and the Faithful to celebrate the Paschal Mystery (the work of salvation wrought by the death and resurrection of Jesus). Catechumens, with the Rite of Election, the Sacred Scrutinies, and Catechesis, prepare for the Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Solemn Easter Vigil. The Faithful, by being more attentive to prayer and to the Word of God, prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their own baptismal promises. The three-fold works of Lent are PRAYER, FASTING, and ALMSGIVING (Read Matthew 6.1-6; 16-18).

On Saturday, February 23, the St. Matthew Cathedral community came together to test our sports acumen during Trivia Night in the gym. This year’s theme was “Sports Trivia”, and the night proved a competitive race to the top among almost 20 teams. Many thanks to our participants from the church and school community, the many businesses and individuals who donated wonderful items for the silent auction, and the HASA organizers (especially Mary Jordan) who made the evening such a success!

Our students celebrate the past, present, and future in education. From learning the 2000 year-old game of Chess, to celebrating the 100th day of the 2019 school year, to setting our sights on future careers, students at St. Matthew Cathedral School love to celebrate excellence in education!

Help the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program by donating old Christmas cards with religious pictures.  No Santas on surf boards please! The children turn these pictures into beautiful art work. A drop box will be left in the Miami St. vestibule January - February. Thank you!
I hope we all survived the bitter cold and are enjoying somewhat of a respite.

Unfortunately, our Catholic School Week celebrations were hampered with cold days off of school, but very wise moves on behalf of our administrators. There really is not a reason to take a chance with the health of our children, and we do have many walkers. Therefore we cannot be too careful. You can view some of the days and events that went on when we were here in session in this weeks bulletin.