Special Lenten Observances at St. Martin’s School
Lent is a special time of prayer, fasting, and alms giving at St. Martin’s School. As part of Lent, St. Martin’s School tries to help those who are in need through our Lenten food drive. Our goal is to collect more than 8,500 food items by Holy Thursday. In addition to our collection of food for the pantry, each class also prepares for Lent in a special way.
Pre-K students will each chose a special Lenten sacrifice. Highlights include: doing chores without complaining, saying extra prayers for our families and community, being obedient, and cleaning up stinky socks.
The Kindergarten students will learn the meaning of Lent and practice daily in the classroom.
The 1st grade students brainstormed a list of sacrifices (giving up something or doing something extra). Each school day a different student picks from the purple bag, and whatever the sacrifice is, they will all follow it for the day.
The 2nd grade students will be discussing different sacrifices that they can each make during the Lenten season. Additionally, the students will make a promise to complete a random act of kindness every day during Lent.
The 3rd grade students will take a Lenten journey with daily activities to enrich their Lent, and they will also learn about the Stations of the Cross.
The 4th grade students will lead the school into Lent with Bury the Alleluia Ceremony on Shrove Tuesday and the school Mass on Ash Wednesday. They will continue to learn that Lent is a time of reflection, sacrifice, and prayer and reflecting on sacrifices that they can make during the season of Lent.
The 5th grade students will reflect on five positive things that happened that day and stop the negative comments and actions. They will also take an active role in keeping St. Martin's beautiful by cleaning up litter around the school.
The 6th and 7th grade students will learn how to make rosaries. They will send the rosaries along with a Lenten prayer to missions.
The 8th grade students will be practicing for the Living Stations of the Cross and creating a reenactment of the Lord’s Passion that they will present to the school and parents. They will also write down positive things that happened in their day and reflect upon all of them at the end of Lent.