Please read this special letter from the Sisters.
Dear Parents of Assumption Students,
Every year, Lent gives us the opportunity to fix our eyes on Christ Crucified and contemplate His extreme love for each one of us on the cross. We know all too well how the world often puts before us the riches and pleasures that make us take our eyes off Christ and lure our hearts away from Him. Lent is a great time to pray from the depths of our hearts with the psalmist, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, renew within me a steadfast spirit.” (Psalm 51:12)
During the Lenten Season, the Church, as a loving Mother, asks of us concrete tasks to draw our hearts closer to Jesus: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. For the students at Assumption Catholic School, we wanted to focus on almsgiving, which is so often overlooked. What is almsgiving? Almsgiving is a way to help others, while at the same time making a little sacrifice in order to adhere our hearts more firmly to God. To carry this out we wanted to launch the Freely Give Project.
What is the Freely Give Project?
The students decide on something they want to give up during Lent. Then, they ask people they know (i.e. grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends…) to pledge a certain amount of money for every amount of time they abstain from what they have given up. All the money will go to help the Home of the Mother missions in Ecuador. The students can get creative and think of sacrifices they can make, but here are a few ideas that might help:
For example, if one student decides to give up just one hour of TV and asks someone (a neighbor, relative, friend) to pledge $0.50 every time he makes that sacrifice, $20 will be raised for the missions in Ecuador if he does it faithfully everyday during Lent.
This is a great opportunity to grow in love for Our Lord by making sacrifices, while at the same time helping others. It also shows the students that when any sacrifice is made for love of the Lord, there is always fruit, whether we see it directly or not. “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6:3-4) To encourage the students to keep making sacrifices, let us not forget what Padre Pio said, “The small sacrifices made by little children will convert the world.”
Thank you and God bless!
+ The Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother