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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust

Junior School

Reflections on Lent and what it means to our children

For many years now we have been encouraged to move away from the traditional observances in Lent of abstinence (giving something up) and to look towards some extra positive action as we prepare for Easter.

In the Junior School our focus this Lent will be the use of the Gospels to challenge ourselves and to help us to think about Jesus’ path to Jerusalem.

The Gospel readings for cycle A (this year) are challenging, and Our Saviour appears as an exacting influence, who asks difficult questions.

A useful thing to be able to do with our children is to reinforce these themes by sharing the Gospel at home. In that way, our children will be exposed to The Word in Church, at home and in school.

The readings for Lent whilst the children are in school are as follows:


First Week of Lent

Matthew 4: 1-11

Jesus is tempted in the wilderness


Second Week of Lent

Matthew 17: 1-9

Jesus is transfigured


Third Week of Lent

John 4: 5-15

The Samaritan woman at the well


Fourth Week of Lent

John 9: 1-17

The blind man is cured by Jesus


Fifth Week of Lent

John 11: 1-45

The raising of Lazarus


Please consider taking time this Lent to help your children understand these challenging readings, and to discuss the themes we have talked about in assembly time.