St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Elementary School   
148 Belmont Street  ~  Manchester, NH 03103  ~  603-622-0414
From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,
     We are entering the most important seasons of the church year. As in previous years, our school community will embark upon the Liturgical Season of Lent with the distribution of ashes, and by making our own Lenten promises, and focused on the the three traditional practices of almsgiving, fasting and prayer as a means to become better followers of Christ. This year, in preparation for Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our students will be given increased opportunity for prayer.  Our school will be represented every day at Church. One or two classes will attend Mass each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout the holy season in addition to our usual Wednesday Mass.  On alternating Fridays, Grade 3 through Grade 6 will be participating in the Stations of the Cross. It is our hope that by asking the children and teachers to take a little time from their busy schedules to develop a closer relationship with God, we can use the Lenten season to develop a greater appreciation of the life that God is calling each of us to lead.

To help the students focus on the true meaning of Lent as a time of self-sacrifice, we will be participating in our annual Lenten Service Project “Walking the Path with Jesus”.  This year we will be supporting Liberty House, a local organization helping veterans in transition.
A representative from Liberty House will be here on Tto briefly speak to the children about this organization and help explain how much their lenten sacrifice will be appreciated. Thank you for your support as we explore the deeper meaning of Lent and how very important this season can be in preparing to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection!

Betty Ann Beebe

Catholic Lenten Prayer

Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy
to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.