First Week of Lent

La Salle Academy continues its celebration of the Lasallian Tercentary through its Lenten activities.  It has planned a series of events to help mark both the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the death of its Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, and the season of Lent leading up to the celebration of the death and resurrection of the Lord.

Ash Wednesday:  The entire school community attended two Masses during which ashes were distributed.  At the end of the school day the faculty gathered for a Prayer Service in which all present reflected on the call to conversion, i.e. to recommit to our Lasallian Mission.  This was done through readings, through guided meditation, through shared prayer,  through a reflective slide show, and through music.  In addition, Lenten-themed Morning Prayers are being offered and faculty/staff are receiving weekly Lasallian Reflections on the readings for Ash Wednesday and each Sunday of Lent.  Also during Lent faculty and staff are sharing in Lasallian Reflection #4 Lasallians: Hearts on Fire---Our Hearts Are Buring Within Us---as a way of journeying with the Lord and fellow Lasallians through Lent and culminating with Easter, as did the early disciples of Jesus.

First Week of Lent: The high school held Poverty Awareness Week, a yearly opportunity each Lent to explore issues of poverty from a single disciplinary and inter-disciplinary focus.  Each class was encouraged to address some aspect of poverty during the week.  The library prepared a special Poverty Awareness Library Guide to assist in the efforts.
      On Monday afternoon the faculty Community-Building Committee and Campus Ministry hosted a student-organized Agape Latte---the inaugural faith and social gathering for students and teachers together.  Music, food, and faith-sharing by Mr. Ciccone highlighted the event.
      During this week daily Masses for Religion classes began, as did opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance (offered by school chaplain, Father Woodhouse, and visiting priests).  The Chapel in the Brothers' House has been a very busy place!
      On Friday the high school held a "Dress-Down" Day for students--monies designated for our twinned Lasallian school (Rongai Agricultural and Technical School) in Kenya.  Also the symbol "Solidarity" was added to our Lasallian Tercentenary clock!