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The winners of this year's Catholic Schools Week's Art and Essay Writing Contests were announced during our morning assembly last Monday. Congratulations to the following:



1st Place – Camille Reburiano (KB)

2nd Place – Jaxen Molejona (1B)

3rd place – Jemma Respicio (1B)

ON THE SPOT ART CONTEST – 2nd – 3rd Grade

1st place – Olivia Peneyra (2B)

2nd place – Marquiel Castillo (3A)

3rd place – Tyler Lapid (3B)














ASH WEDNESDAY - February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ashes on forehandAsh Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's palm Sunday Mass.