The Joy of Holy Week
On Saturday, March 24th, our community used the final weekend of Lent as an opportunity to celebrate the impending joy of the Easter season. On that day, St. Agnes opened up its doors to become home to a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt with our classrooms being used as the hiding area for the sweet treasures. The sixty plus young people from our parish and school who attended this memorable event were filled with great excitement as they hunted for the over 1000 colorful candy eggs that were scattered throughout the school. There are few images more delightful than the sight of watching a throng full of children roister about and laugh aloud in search of sweet treats. I would like to thank our Advancement Director, Katie Wilder and the countless parent volunteers who made this day such a blessed and joyous communal event.
Also included as part of this special day was the Pre-K 3 “Meet and Greet” event that invited prospective students and their families to discover the wonderful world of learning that awaits our youngest members of BEAR NATION. For those families who attended the “Meet and Greet” remarked on the engaging environment that awaits their children next year when they arrive to “big kid” school.
Before the school week would end, we used our final day on campus as a means in which to celebrate the Holy Triduum. On that day, our school community concluded its Lenten collection project in support of the Catonsville Emergency Assistance Center. Over the past 40 days, our community donated almost 900 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable foods for this local social service ministry. Also included in this Triduum celebration was a Holy Thursday prayer service that honored the significance of this blessed occasion. Included in this prayer service was our own version of The Last Supper where 12 of our younger prayer partners ‘served’ their older prayer partner mentors the “Gift of Finest Wheat” (the 12 students represented the 12 Apostles). This standard of ‘service to others’ that Jesus taught his Apostles when he told them “as I have done for you, you should also do for others” (John 13:15), is a hallmark of a St. Agnes School education where our students learn the important lesson of Service Above Self within the walls of our charming schoolhouse. This message of Christian service rests at the core of who we are as a Catholic school. What’s more, it is this lesson of faith in action that our school focuses upon as we are forming students of virtue in heart soul and mind. And before this day would end, our 6th grade students put this message into action as they took part in their monthly service project of assembling 120 meals for the Westside Men’s Shelter. Our “Lunches with Love” service program is helping to put an end to hunger for those that are served by this local men’s shelter.
St. Agnes School provides a formation of faith, a strong academic foundation and a commitment to serving the needs of our human society. It is with this educational mission in mind that we invite you to learn more about the Christ-centered environment that exists at St. Agnes School.
May God bless you and your family during the joy of the Easter season!