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Principal’s Message

7 March 2024

Dear Families and Friends,

Embracing Lent 2024: Finding Freedom and Making a Difference

As I journey through Lent, I often find guidance through the Lenten message written by Pope Francis. This year he speaks directly to the challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century, offering guidance and inspiration as we navigate this sacred period of reflection and renewal. 

An illustration by Mauro Pallotta, known as ‘Maupal’, for Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2024. (Photo: CNS, courtesy of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.)

In a world saturated with constant noise and endless distractions, Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of slowing down and listening—to the whispers of our hearts, to the needs of those around us, and to the quiet voice of God. This Lent, amidst the fast-paced nature of our digital lives, he encourages us to intentionally carve out moments for prayerful reflection, allowing ourselves the space to connect deeply with our faith and with one another.

For our children, this message holds particular relevance. In an era defined by social media, academic pressures, and technological advancements, they face unique challenges in finding moments of stillness and meaning. Pope Francis’ words serve as a reminder that amidst the chaos, there is value in unplugging, in cultivating mindfulness, and in finding solace in the timeless practices of prayer and contemplation.

Likewise, for parents, guardians and staff, Pope Francis’ message resonates deeply with the realities of modern family life. It underscores the importance of fostering faith within our home and school, of creating environments where genuine conversations, shared values, and acts of compassion can thrive. As the primary influencers in our children’s lives, let us lead by example, demonstrating through our actions the transformative power of a life grounded in faith and empathy.

Moreover, Pope Francis challenges us to move beyond superficial observance, urging us to translate our faith into meaningful action. This Lent, let us respond to his call to serve others—to extend kindness, to offer support, and to advocate for justice in our communities and beyond.

This Lenten season let us open our hearts and minds, ready to embrace the opportunities for growth, renewal, and positive change that it brings.

 

Giovanna Fiume
Principal

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