By WATSON GABANA
YOU need to change and I need to change as well. I will change from screaming at you if you change your ways.
The headmistress of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary school. Helen Ofora told her students during the celebration of Ash Wed to start the Lent season in the Catholic Church calendar.
The headmistress urged her students and teachers to fast, repent and give in this time of the Lenten season.
"This is a time for repentance and to find new life in Jesus Christ. All of us need to change from inside and do charity work," the headmistress told those gathered.
Students, teachers and some parents gathered at the Hohola Catholic church last Wed to celebrate the annual event. Hohola parish priest, Fr. Elisco Sango officiated in the Eucharistic celebrations.
The teachers and students left their normal classroom duties to fully participate in this every important Christian celebration. Students from as low as the elementary classes sang beautiful songs and offered prayers of repentance to add clarity and meaning to begin the Lenten season.
Deputy head teacher and coordinator of the Religious Education Theresa Abdul said that each year the entire school gathers together as a great family to share and talk about the love of God for mankind.
"Every Ash-Weds, we come together to remind ourselves about what Christ gone through before he was crucified on the Cross," she said.
"Each class is given specific tasks to do on this day and every class has to prepare a gift box to be given to charity."
She said that coins are also collected through out the duration of the Lenten season and are given to charity organisations. Offering boxes are placed in each class so coins and other gifts are collected. These are gathered at the end of the season and donated to charities.
"It is also time of giving. We encourage our children to give generously from their hearts," the RE coordinator said.
She said that all children who attend Sacred Heart Catholic Primary are physically, mentally and spiritually nurtured so they can become responsible and respected citizens of our communities.
A baptism and first communion service will be conducted in June for the Grade 4 students this year.