February 5, 2016
The following information will be sent to Bishop Chatard parents regarding lunch next Wednesday (Ash Wednesday). I invite you to participate in the One Lunch, One Day effort as well:
Next Wednesday, February 10, is Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. Bishop Chatard will be getting the Lenten season off to a strong start by incorporating prayer, fasting, and almsgiving into our day.
At 9:40 a.m., we will celebrate an all-school Mass (prayer), which will include the distribution of ashes. During Offertory, we will be passing collection baskets. Students will be asked to donate any amount of money they are able (almsgiving). Money collected will be donated to Catholic Charities of Indianapolis, an organization that serves nearly 50,000 kids, families, and adult seniors each year. Finally, when it is time for lunch, our regular cafeteria offerings will not be available. Instead, a simple lunch of soup, bread, and water will be served (fasting).
We want to send a strong message to our students. We recognize that Lent is a time to make our own individual resolutions and spend private time in prayer; but it is also time to come together – to seek God together, share our journey, and encourage one another along the way.
What we will share with our students is that we are all making a very minor sacrifice…one lunch on one day. Jesus offered up the ultimate sacrifice for us. We are not being beaten, crowned with thorns, or nailed to a cross. We are simply giving up our regular lunch routine…one lunch on one day.
We are not making participation in this special lunch mandatory. However, it is our hope that all faculty, staff, and students will participate unless there are health concerns or allergies to consider. You can help in this effort by encouraging your child(ren) to participate with a loving heart. Perhaps you can even participate by having a soup and bread lunch yourself, encouraging it at your office, and getting others to recognize the value of self-denial, reflection and prayer.
Thank you to our Cafeteria Manager, Brenda Henry, and her staff for their support of this Lenten practice (and to Debra Haas, Cafeteria Manager at Guerin Catholic High School, from whom I “borrowed” the idea).
And thanks in advance to all of you for your support!