When we attend Mass, we are celebrating the life of Jesus Christ. Students were given an opportunity to receive the Eucharist or a blessing. It is in receiving the Eucharist, we are united with the living Jesus, both physically and spiritually; ‘He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.’ (John 6:56)
Term 1 is also very significant and an important time in our Liturgical calendar with a Lenten period starting on 17 February with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of lent and lasts for 40 days. The reason for Lent lasting 40 days is that 40 is the traditional number of judgement and spiritual testing in the Bible (Exodus 24:18). It bears a relationship to the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics aged 14 or older are required not to eat meat, showing spiritual discipline towards Christs triumph over sin and death.