My Lenten Journey, a step towards First Communion
WK 18 Reflections
Our Sunday SCORE lesson this week, focused on ways the children can create a meaningful Lenten Journey during this time of preparation for their First Communion. The arching theme, Lent invites us to grow closer to Jesus, combined the elements of praying, singing, writing, coloring, planting, and composting into a very spirited class.
The children were divided into four small groups and each group was allotted approximately12 minutes per station. At one station, the children cut-out and assembled a Lenten wheel and pointer, highlighting the different activities they can do for each week of Lent. The sunflower station helped children connect to the timing of Lent with the awakening of earth from its winter sleep. Here the children planted a sunflower seed in an earth-friendly fiber pot. Throughout Lent and First Communion preparation their little seed will sprout and grow reaching almost 3 feet. Their little seedling will need to be transplanted after their First Communion. At one station, the children prepared a mini-poster stating actions they can do this Lent to prepare their hearts to boldly sign out Alleluia on Easter Sunday! One of the highlights for the children was using their Easter Alleluia mini-poster to make bedding for the communal worm bin.
A——A!!! the joyful acclamation announcing the Gospel, the GOOD NEWS, of Jesus is not sung, proclaimed, or whispered throughout the 40 days of Lent. The children were very mindful that they would not hear A——A until Easter, and so we sang several rounds of A——A as each group gathered around the compost bin, and carefully ripped their poster in 1/4 strips. In their own simple and profound way, the children articulated the recycling process, the A——A would decompose, and working with the billions of microbes and red wiggler worms, would become a rich organic material to nurture new plant life. When we enter the Easter Season in six weeks the worm bin returns to SCORE, the children will revisit the vibrant eco-system that helped to create.
In the next couple of days, take time to discuss as a family how to participate more fully in Lent, especially as your child prepares for first communion.
I’m including a link with additional family practices for the Season of Lent.
For all of us, the 40 days of Lent gives us the time and space to pray, to hope, to anticipate the first buds to break through the soil beneath our feet, and to eagerly await the jubilant A—–A to resound once again in our hearts, our memories, our assembly. May this Lent be one of profound grace and healing for you, your family and our communities!
I am very grateful to Marya and Jon-Paul, Vivian’s parents, and our junior catechists, Sophia and Violette for their assistance during Sunday’s class.