Parent Newsletter from TenTen
Ash Wednesday (2nd March) leads us into the Church season of Lent, a period of six weeks where we prepare for Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday (then Eastertide takes over, which celebrates His resurrection!) The 40 days of Lent offer a chance for us to intentionally grow closer to God, and the theme for our Lent resources this year is Our Pilgrimage to the Cross.
Wednesday 2nd March has also been designated by Pope Francis and other leaders in the worldwide Church as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace in Europe. This newsletter includes some ways we are supporting schools and families in praying about this, but you might also want to explore your own ways of joining in with this special day at home.
This newsletter shares some of the content children will experience in school and suggests ways for you to engage with them about it. We hope and pray that you and your family will be inspired on your Lenten pilgrimage to the cross.
Our Pilgrimage to the Cross
Throughout Lent, we have a six part ‘mini-series’ within the Ten Ten Year of Pilgrimage, which leads children from Ash Wednesday to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. These six assemblies make up the first ‘stopping place’ that you see on the Pilgrimage Map:
During the week of Ash Wednesday (2nd March), children recalled that a pilgrimage is a special journey we go on to deepen our faith in God and remembered the four purposes of the Ten Ten Year of Pilgrimage (prayer, penance, solidarity and charity). Then they were introduced to two child Pilgrimage Guides, who introduced them to the Lent mini-series, Our Pilgrimage to the Cross. Check out the film here to find out more:
Each week of Lent introduces a new clue to help children understand the Gospel and how they can grow in faith through Looking to God, Looking to Ourselves, and Looking to Others. Their learning each week is supported through reflections from the Pilgrimage Guides. Why not watch the next part of the film to find out what children learned:
We want children, staff and families alike to feel involved in the Ten Ten Year of Pilgrimage, so if you want to dive deeper, read this article:
- Ask your child about the different ‘clues’ and verses they discover in each week of Our Pilgrimage to the Cross:
- w/c 28th Feb: Map – ‘I am the Way.’ (John 14: 6)
- w/c 7th March: Windbreak – ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield.’ (Psalm 28: 7)
- w/c 14th March: Torch – ‘I am the Light of the World.’ (John 8: 12)
- w/c 21st March: Garden clippers – ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.’ (John 15: 1)
- w/c 28th March: A ‘party box’ – ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!’ (Philippians 4: 4)
- w/c 4th April: A holding cross – ‘Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5: 8)
- Sing together the Pilgrimage Song, which has a new verse for Lent.
We pray for all those affected by Coronavirus:
when you walked with us on earth you spread your healing power.
We place in your loving care all who are affected by Coronavirus.
Keep us strong in faith, hope and love.
Bring relief to our sick, console our bereaved, protect those who care for us.
We lift our prayer to you Lord, and trust in your infinite mercy,
as we wait for the daybreak.