Lent is a special time of prayer, fasting, and alms giving at St. Martin’s School. As part of Lent, St. Martin’s School tries to help those who are in need through our Lenten food drive. Our goal is to collect more than 8,500 food items by Holy Thursday. In addition to our collection of food for the pantry, each class also prepares for Lent in a special way.

*Pre-K students each chose a special Lenten sacrifice. Highlights include baths with no complaints, being nice to siblings, helping clean the house with no complaints, and doing homework with no complaints. They will also reflect on the Stations of the Cross.

*The Kindergarten class will be making crosses to hang and creating Lenten prayers.

*The 1st grade students brainstormed a list of sacrifices (giving up something or doing something extra). Each school day a different student’s name will be picked from the purple bag, and whatever the sacrifice is they will all follow it for the day.

*The 2nd grade students will be discussing different sacrifices that they can each make during the Lenten season. Additionally the students will make a promise to complete a random act of kindness every day during Lent.

*The 3rd grade students will take a Lenten journey with daily activities to enrich their Lent, and they will learn about the Stations of the Cross.

*The 4th grade class has been quite busy preparing for Lent. They have been learning that Lent is a time of reflection, sacrifice, and prayer. Keeping this in mind, they have been reflecting on sacrifices that they can make during the season of Lent. Presently the 4th grade class is preparing two Lent related liturgies for the school student body. On Shrove Tuesday, the fourth graders will lead the other classes in the Bury the Alleluia Ceremony, and on Ash Wednesday, the fourth graders will lead the school community at the Ash Wednesday Mass.

*The 5th grade class is preparing to lead the school in the Holy Thursday Mass and procession for adoration after the Mass. After learning about the parts of the Mass, they will create a Mass book, practice readings and prepare decorations for Holy Thursday.

*The 6th grade class is creating crosses made out of burnt matches to hang on the wall.

*The 7th grade class will be discussing how Lent and Easter affects us today by contrasting today’s world with those that followed Jesus many years ago. They will also be working in groups to create the scene of Calvary.
*The 8th grade students will be practicing for the Living Stations of the Cross and creating a reenactment of the Lord’s Passion that they will present to the school and parents.