This week we continue our exploration of the Mary Ward Value, Felicity, which we are celebrating this year. Our story this week is a re-telling of that well known Gospel story of the ‘Woman at the Well’ that we find in John’s Gospel. This is a truly inspired re-telling and extension of the story by a man called John Shea, and the link to the full story is below. But just to remind you of the story: it’s about a Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at Jacob’s well as she went out in the heat of the day to fetch water. The Samaritans were neighbours of the Jews but were looked down upon by them. She is also a divorced woman, she has had five husbands, and as a result is an outcast in her little village. So she is triply despised: she is a woman, a Samaritan and divorced, and living in the shame of all that. But let’s see what happens!
The woman in this story, a nameless woman of Samaria, is taken on an amazing journey. A journey from humiliation, fear, marginalization, shame, loneliness, defensiveness, to a fountain of living water bubbling up inside her! So much so that she ran off to share that with the very people she had been afraid of! And they saw it in her. Great joy. So what happened?
Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator
This coming week, on Wednesday 17 February, we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. On Wednesday your daughter will be participating in an Ash Wednesday liturgy. During this liturgy, the girls will be marked with the sign of the cross in ash on their foreheads.
All students, those who are Catholic and those who are of other Traditions, are invited to receive the ashes.
Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting and abstinence. Catholic practice is that on this day no meat is eaten and that we fast by avoiding sweet treats and over-indulgence. It is recommended that meals be simple and healthy on that day. On Ash Wednesday our school campus will be meat-free: no meat will be served in the café, canteen or in the boarding school.
In keeping with the spirit of this significant day for our community, we ask that your daughter not bring meat for recess or lunch on Ash Wednesday.