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Message for Lent

March 05, 2019

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Lent is a time when Christ wants to lead us back to our baptismal promises of dying to sin and of living for God. Lent is observed for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Thursday, and does not include Sundays.  The three pillars of Lent help us become closer to God: fasting (giving up), almsgiving (giving to others) and prayer.  These practices help prepare ourselves to enter once again into Jesus' Paschal mystery and to renew it in our lives.  

In the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, students and staff observe the Lenten season by engaging in a variety of activities that support these pillars.

Prayer for Lent:

All praise to you, Father in heaven,

for leading us out of the darkness of sin

into the light of your kingdom.


We bless you for sending us your Son

to save us,

to die for us that we might die to sin,

to be raised that we might share your life.

We thank you for giving us your Spirit of love,

to live in our hearts and lead us to you.


All glory, praise and honour be yours,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

now and evermore. Amen.

 Adapted from Living Lent: National Liturgy Office, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.